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Balah
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A city on the northern border of the territory allotted to Judah that is regularly associated with Kiriath-jearim (Josh 15:9–10, 29; 1 Chr 13:6). Since there is considerable overlap between the list of towns allotted to Judah (Josh 15:21–61) and the list of towns allotted to Simeon (Josh 19:1–9), the town called Balah (בָּלָה‎, balah) in Simeon’s allotment (Josh 19:3) may be the same place as Baalah. In the parallel list of Simeonite towns found in 1 Chr 4:28–33, the town is called Bilhah (בִּלְהָה‎, bilhah). In all three lists, Baalah, Balah, or Bilhah appear in the list in close sequence with many of the same places, including Hazar-shual, Ezem, Eltolad, and Hormah (compare Josh 15:28–30; 19:3–4; 1 Chr 4:28–30). However, those lists of towns suggest a location in the Negev, likely indicating the Baalah in the vicinity of Kiriath-jearim is a different location.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Baalah
Baalah (בַּעֲלָה‎, ba'alah). A city on the northern border of the territory allotted to Judah that is regularly associated with Kiriath-jearim (Josh 15:9–10, 29; 1 Chr 13:6). Since there is considerable overlap between the list of towns allotted to Judah (Josh 15:21–61) and the list of towns allotted
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Balah (Place)
BALAH (PLACE) [Heb bālâ (בָּלָה)]. Town allotted to Simeon in the Negeb within the tribal territory of Judah (Josh 19:3). See BAALAH.
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Balah
Balah. City in southern Palestine (Jos 19:3), probably identical with Baalah (Jos 15:29) and Bilhah (1 Chr 4:29).
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Balah
Balah bāʹlə [Heb. bālâ; Gk. Bōla]. An unidentified town in southwest Palestine in the territory of Simeon (Josh. 19:3). It is called Bilhah in 1 Ch. 4:29 and may be identified with Baalah in Judah (Josh. 15:29).
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Balah
BALAH City in southern Canaan (Jos 19:3), probably identical with Baalah (Jos 15:29) and Bilhah (1 Chr 4:29).
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Balah
BALAH. A town of Simeon in the Negeb, perhaps SE of Beer-sheba (Jos 19:3). It may be the same as Bilhab (q.v.) in 1 Chr 4:29 and Baalah (q.v.) in Josh 15:29.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Balah
Balah (Heb. bālâ) (also BAALAH; BILHAH)A city in the southern part of Palestine, assigned to Simeon (Josh. 19:3). It is also called Bilhah (1 Chr. 4:29) and Baalah (Josh. 15:29).
Baalah
Baalah (Heb. baʿălâ)1. Another name for Kiriath-jearim (Josh. 15:9).2. A mountain on the boundary of the tribal territory of Judah, between Ekron and Jabneel (Josh. 15:11).3. A city in the southern part of Judah (Josh. 15:29), perhaps the same as Balah (Josh. 19:3) or Bilhah (1 Chr. 4:29). It is
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Balah
Balah [bāˊlə] (Heb. bālâ;). An unknown city in the southern part of Palestine, assigned to Simeon (Josh. 19:3). It is also called Bilhah (1 Chr. 4:29) or Baalah (Josh. 15:29).
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Balah
BA´LAH (bāʹla; to “decay”). A city in Simeon (Josh. 19:3), or Baalah (15:29).
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Balah
Balaha city in the tribe of Simeon (Josh. 19:3), elsewhere called Bilhah (1 Chr. 4:29) and Baalah (Josh. 15:29).
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Balah
BALAH [BAY luh] — a town in southern Judah (Josh. 19:3), also called Bilhah (1 Chr. 4:29) and Baalah (Josh. 15:29).
Bilhah
BILHAH [BILL hah] — the name of a woman and a town in the Old Testament:1. A slave girl, or Concubine (Gen. 30:3–5, 7), who bore two of Jacob’s sons, Dan and Naphtali (Gen. 35:25).2. A town inhabited by the family of Simeon (1 Chr. 4:29), also called Baalah (Josh. 15:29) and Balah (Josh. 19:3).
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
BALAH
BALAH<ba’la> בָּלָה‎ [balah]; [Βωλά, Bola]: A place, unidentified, in the territory of Simeon (Joshua 19:3), called Bilhah in 1 Chronicles 4:29. It may be identical with Baalah in Judah (Joshua 15:29).
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