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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Valley of Baca
Baca, Valley of (עֵמֶק הַבָּכָא‎, emeq habbakha'). A valley that may have been on a pilgrimage route to Jerusalem (Psa 84:6). The Hebrew word בָּכָא‎ (bakha') is associated with balsam or weeping; thus, the name could be symbolic.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Baca, Valley of (Place)
BACA, VALLEY OF (PLACE) [Heb ʿemeq habbāḵāʾ (עֶמֶק הַבָּכָא)]. The “valley of Baca” (Ps 84:1—Eng 84:6) is either a historical place name or a symbolical expression for “deep sorrow.” The first part of Ps 84:6 seems to mean that by “passing through the experience of deep sorrow, righteous ones can
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Baca, Valley of
Baca, Valley of. Phrase in Psalm 84:6 often translated “valley of weeping.” The Hebrew word baca obviously refers to some kind of tree in the only other context in which it occurs (2 Sm 5:23, 24; 1 Chr 14:14, 15), where it is translated mulberry (kjv), aspen, or balsam. It is not known whether the valley
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Baca, Vale of
Baca, Vale of bāʹkə [Heb. bāḵā] (Ps. 84:6); NEB “thirsty valley.” A valley so named because it contained trees that exuded resin or gum, perhaps several species of balsam. The valley of Rephaim has been suggested, but the identification is uncertain (cf. 2 S. 5:23f; 1 Ch. 14:14f).
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Baca, Valley of
BACA*, VALLEY OF Phrase in Psalm 84:6 often translated “valley of weeping.” The Hebrew word baca refers to some kind of tree in 2 Samuel 5:23–24 and 1 Chronicles 14:14–15, where it is translated mulberry (kjv), aspen, or balsam. It is not known whether the valley of Baca in Psalm 84 was a literal place
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Baca
Baca (bay´kuh), an unidentified valley associated with weeping or balsam (Ps. 84:6). The term is derived from the verb “to drip”; hence its association with weeping.
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Baca
BACA. If the valley of Baca (Ps 84:6) was ever an identifiable place, its location is now unknown but may have taken its name from the presence of balsam trees (cf 2 Sam 5:23–24, RSV). The word however, is from a root meaning “to weep” (BDB and KB s.v.). It is probably preferable here to consider it
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Baca, Valley of
BACA, VALLEY OF (Heb. ‘ēmeq habbāḵa’), a place near Jerusalem mentioned in Ps. 84:6, so translated in av, rsv. The traditional rendering ‘valley of Weeping’ (rv; cf. ‘Valley of the Weeper’, jb), as though from beḵeh (cf. Ezr. 10:1), goes back through Jerome’s Gallican Psalter to lxx; it is accepted
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Baca, Valley of
Baca (Heb. Bāḵāʾ), Valley ofA valley apparently containing trees (Heb. “balsam[?]”) which exuded resin or gum (the Hebrew term may be related to bāḵâ, “weep,” hence “weeping trees”). This valley, of unknown identification, apparently was an arid region through which pilgrims passed en route to
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Baca, Valley of
BACA [bāˊkə], VALLEY OF. (Heb. bāḵā˒ “balsam [?]”). A valley apparently containing trees which exuded resin or gum (the Hebrew term may be related to bāḵâ “weep,” hence “weeping trees”). This valley, of unknown identification, apparently was an arid region through which pilgrims passed en route
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Baca
Ba´ca (weeping), The Valley of, a valley in Palestine, through which the exiled Psalmist sees in vision the pilgrims passing in their march towards the sanctuary of Jehovah at Zion. Ps. 84:6. That it was a real locality is most probable from the use of the definite article before the name. The rendering
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Baca
BA´CA (baʹka; “balsam tree” or “weeping”). An unidentified valley in Palestine (Ps. 84:6). It was possibly an imaginary poetical name, not intended to describe an actual location but to stand for any experience of drought (cf. Arab. baka˒a, “to be sparsely watered”) in contrast to a well-watered experience