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Beth-lebaoth meaning

בית לבאות
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🔼The name Beth-lebaoth in the Bible

The name Beth-lebaoth occurs only once in the Bible. It's listed as one of the cities that became occupied by the tribe of Simeon (Joshua 19:6). Simeon received cities in Judah, but in the list of cities of Judah no Beth-lebaoth is mentioned, only a Lebaoth, which most scholars appear to equate with Beth-lebaoth (Joshua 15:32).

And to add even more to the confusion, the Chronicler, who habitually changes and garbles names for reasons that are not always immediately clear, lists the "same" list of Simeonite towns but changes Beth-lebaoth into Beth-biri (1 Chronicles 4:31).

🔼Etymology of the name Beth-lebaoth

The name Beth-lebaoth consists of two elements. The first part is identical to the common Hebrew word בית (bayit) meaning house:

The second part of our name appears to be a feminine plural form of the noun לבי (lebi), meaning lioness:

🔼Beth-lebaoth meaning

For a meaning of the name Beth-lebaoth, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads House Of Lionesses. Both Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names and BDB Theological Dictionary proposes Place Of Lionesses.

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