🔼The name Beth-rapha in the Bible
The name Beth-rapha occurs only once in the Bible. It's possibly the name of a son of Eshton, son of Mehir of Judah, but more probably a village in the territory of Judah of which Eshton was the "father," which means either the founder or the chief at the time of writing (1 Chronicles 4:11).
🔼Etymology of the name Beth-rapha
The name Beth-rapha consists of two elements. The first part is identical to the common Hebrew word בית (bayit) meaning house:
The second part of our name comes from the following word cluster:
For a meaning of the name Beth-rapha, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads a daring but rather unjustifiable House Of A Giant. Alfred Jones (Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names) says he goes with the verb רפא (rapa'), but connects that verb with the meaning of רפה (rapa) and reads House Of The Feeble. BDB Theological Dictionary does not interpret Beth-rapha and lists it under "beth," without suggesting which of the two verbs the second part of the name might come from.
It appears that the second part of the name Beth-rapha is most similar to the verb רפא (rapa'), meaning to heal or make healthy, and a Hebrew audience would probably think that Beth-rapha means House Of Healing. Perhaps Eshton was a proto-physician or herbal wizard of sorts.