🔼The name Kiriath-baal in the Bible
The name Kiriath-baal occurs twice in the Bible as alternative name of Kiriath-jearim, which was a city in the territory of Judah (Joshua 15:60 and 18:14). In 2 Samuel 6:2 mention is made of a place called Baale-judah, which is clearly the same town.
🔼Etymology of the name Kiriath-baal
The name Kiriath-baal obviously consists of two elements. The first part of our name is the same as the name Kiriath, which is identical to an older variant of the Biblical noun קריה (qiryah), meaning city. It derives of the verb קרה (qara), meaning to meet or get together:
The second part of our name is the same as the familiar name בעל (ba'al), Baal, meaning lord or master:
The name Kiriath-baal means City Of Baal or City Of The Master.