🔼The name Bariah: Summary
- From the verb ברח (barah), to run away or run through.
🔼The name Bariah in the Bible
The name Bariah occurs only one time in the Bible. He is mentioned in 1 Chronicles 3:22 as part of a very confusing genealogy. It appears that Bariah is a son or rather grandson of Shecaniah (one of six, says the text, but only five are mentioned) and all this at the end of the genealogy of Solomon and David, but smack in between two different genealogies of Judah, the son of Jacob.
🔼Etymology of the name Bariah
Although the character Bariah is a touch hard to place, his name isn't. The name Bariah is identical to the adjective בריח (bariah), meaning fleeing:
The verb ברח (barah) means to run away or run through. The noun בריח (beriah) is an architectural term denoting a conjunctive runner that keeps panels or other construction segments together. The similar adjective בריח (bariah) means fleeing and the noun מברח (mibrah) meaning either flight or fugitive.
The name Bariah literally means Fleeing One, which is English would come down to Fugitive. For a meaning of the name Bariah, both NOBSE Study Bible Name List and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names read Fugitive. BDB Theological Dictionary does not translate this name.