🔼The name Maarath in the Bible
🔼Etymology of the name Maarath
The name Maarath probably comes from the masculine noun מערה, meaning bare or naked place, from the root-verb ערה ('ara), meaning to be naked. But it may very well have to do with the similar feminine noun מערה (me'ara), meaning cave. This word shows up in the Bible transformed into מערת (identical to our name) due to a certain grammatical construction:
The name Maarath may mean Cave or Barren Place. NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Barren Place. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes A Place Naked Of Trees. BDB Theological Dictionary doesn't translate or interpret our name but does list it under the verb ערה ('ara), meaning to be naked.