🔼The name Beth-rehob in the Bible
The village of Beth-rehob is mentioned twice in the Bible. It was located close to a valley and near the town of Laish. The whole region was wonderful and tranquil until a band of Danites came swooping in, murdered the locals, upset a local priest named Micah by swiping his idols, settled in and renamed Laish Dan (Judges 18:28).
Apparently, at some point after, the Danites were dispossessed by the Arameans. When king Nahash of the Ammonites passed away, king David wanted to reestablish diplomatic relations with his son and successor Hanun. But Hanun mistreated David's ambassadors and mustered an army of Arameans from Beth-rehob and Zobah to be ready for Israel's imminent retaliation (2 Samuel 10:6). The two armies clashed, Hanun's Aramean army was defeated and the Ammonites fled for their lives.
In 2 Samuel 10:8, Beth-rehob is referred to as simply Rehob (see verse 6).
🔼Etymology of the name Beth-rehob
The name Beth-rehob 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 verb רחב (rahab), meaning to be wide or large:
For a meaning of the name Beth-rehob, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads House Of A Street. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names has House Of Breadth or Region Of Wideness. And BDB Theological Dictionary proposes Place Of A Street or Market?