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Birsha meaning

ברשע
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🔼The name Birsha in the Bible

There's only one Birsha in the Bible. Birsha is the king of Gomorrah during the War of Four against Five Kings (Genesis 14). King Birsha and his four comrades rise up against kings Amraphel, Arioch, Chedorlaomer and Tidal, get whooped, and run for the hills. Birsha and his buddy Bera, the king of Sodom, fall in tar pits, which were evidently ubiquitous in the valley of Siddim, where the fight took place.

🔼Etymology of the name Birsha

The name Birsha probably consists of two elements, the first one being the common Hebrew particle ב (be), meaning in, at or by:

The second element of our name would then come from the Hebrew verb רשע (rasha), meaning to be wicked:

Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names goes a step further, sticks to the verb רשע (rasha) but derives the b-part of the name Birsha from the common Hebrew word בן (ben), roughly meaning son:

🔼Birsha meaning

Hence, for a meaning of the name Birsha, Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads Son Of Wickedness. NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads With Wickedness. BDB Theological Dictionary declares root and meaning unknown.

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