🔼The name Kerioth in the Bible
There are two towns named Kerioth in the Bible, although one may actually be called Kerioth-hezron:
- A city on the southern extremity of the territory of Judah (Joshua 15:25). It's not clear whether this place is called just Kerioth or Kerioth-hezron (NAS, NIV, ASV and Darby say Kerioth-hezron, and KJV, JSP and Young say just Kerioth, and deem Hezron the name of another city). This Kerioth is possibly the home town of Judas Iscariot.
- A town in Moab which was big enough to contain citadels (Jeremiah 48:24, 48:41, Amos 2:2).
🔼Etymology of the name Kerioth
The name Kerioth is probably a plural form of the noun קריה (qiryah), meaning city, which comes from the verb קרה (qara), meaning to meet or get together:
For a meaning of the name Kerioth, both NOBSE Study Bible Name List and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names read Cities. BDB Theological Dictionary doesn't translate the name Kerioth but does list it under the verb קרה (qara), meaning to meet or get together.