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Beth-peor meaning

בית פעור
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🔼The name Beth-peor in the Bible

The town named Beth-peor of Moab is mentioned four times in the Bible, most predominantly as the place near the valley where YHWH buried Moses (Deuteronomy 34:6). In that same valley, Moses had charged Joshua with the leadership of Israel (Deuteronomy 3:29), and where Moses had delivered the Law to the people (Deuteronomy 4:46). When Canaan was divided, this town came to be situated in the territory allotted to Reuben (Joshua 13:20).

🔼Etymology of the name Beth-peor

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

The second part of our name is the same as the name Peor. It comes from the verb פער (pa'ar), meaning to open wide:

🔼Beth-peor meaning

For a meaning of the name Beth-peor, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads House Of Peor, but for the name Peor it reads Opening. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads the clever Temple Of The Hiatus, but also Opening for just Peor. BDB Theological Dictionary doesn't translate this name.

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