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Ben (Person)
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A name for one of the Levites appointed by David to play the harp before the ark of the covenant (1 Chr 15:18). This name is found only in the Masoretic Text of the Hebrew Bible. The Hebrew term ben is also the common word for “son.” It is translated in the King James Version but commonly omitted from modern translations since the name does not appear when the same men are listed again in 1 Chr 15:20 (e.g., ESV; NIV; NRSV). The Septuagint also does not include the name in 1 Chr 15:18. The word could easily have been written in error by a scribe accustomed to writing “son of” with nearly every name in the preceding verse (1 Chr 15:17). The similar name Benaiah (בְּנָיָה‎, benayah;, בְּנָיָהוּ‎, benayahu) appears in 1 Chr 15:18, 20; 16:5. It is possible that this is the same Benaiah as the Benaiah, Son of Jeiel in 2 Chr 20:14.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Ben
Ben (בֵּ֡ן‎, ben). A name for one of the Levites appointed by David to play the harp before the ark of the covenant (1 Chr 15:18). This name is found only in the Masoretic Text of the Hebrew Bible. The Hebrew term ben is also the common word for “son.” It is translated in the King James Version but commonly
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Ben (Person)
Ben (Person). Levite musician appointed by King David (1 Chr 15:18 kjv). The Masoretic text (the OT as annotated by medieval Hebrew scholars) and the kjv include the name Ben, but the Septuagint (ancient Greek translation of the OT), and rsv omit it because it is missing in verses 20 and 21. Since the
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Ben
Ben ben [Heb. bēn—‘son’]. A name found in the MT of 1 Ch. 15:18 and retained in the AV, but omitted in the RSV and NEB.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Ben (Person)
BEN* (Person) Levite musician appointed by King David (1 Chr 15:18, kjv). The Masoretic Text (the OT as annotated by medieval Hebrew scholars) and the kjv include the name Ben, but the Septuagint (ancient Greek translation of the OT) and modern versions omit it because it is missing in verses 20 and
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Ben
BEN1. Ben is the Heb. word for son. Usually it referred to the male child. However, it was used also as a term of kindliness or endearment even when no blood relationship existed. In 1 Sam 3:6, 16, Eli calls Samuel his son. It was frequently used as a prefix in proper names; e.g., Ben-oni, “son of my
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Ben
BenUsed as a prefix, a term designating a relationship or condition (Heb. bēn, “son of”; pl. bĕnê). Most often it indicates a direct male descendant, but it can also designate a member of a tribe or people (“sons of Israel,” Gen. 42:5), national or geographical origin (“son of Jabesh,” 2 Kgs. 15:10),
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Ben
Ben [bĕn] (Heb. bēn “son of”; pl. be).† Used as a prefix, a term designating a relationship or condition. Most often it indicates a direct male descendant, but it can also designate a member of a tribe or people (“sons of Israel,” Gen. 42:5), national or geographical origin (“son of Jabesh,”
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Ben
Ben (son), a Levite, one of the porters appointed by David for the ark. 1 Chron. 15:18.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
BEN
BEN<ben> (בֵּן‎ [ben], “son”): A Levite appointed to assist as musician in the temple service (1 Chronicles 15:18). The text seems to be doubtful, since the name is omitted in 1 Chronicles 15:20 and not mentioned at all in the Septuagint.
The Ultimate Who’s Who in the Bible
Ben
Ben [Ben](Hebrew origin: Son)(1 Chronicles 15:18). 10th century b.c. Ben, a Levite of the second rank, was one of the men chosen, by the chief of the Levites, to sing and play musical instruments in front of the Ark of the Covenant, when it was carried from the house of Obededom to its resting place
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Ben
BEN (Bĕn) Hebrew noun meaning “son of.” A Levite who became head of a clan of temple porters under David (1 Chron. 15:18 NASB, KJV). Other translations follow the Septuagint or earliest Greek translation and some Hebrew manuscripts that omit Ben. See Bar.
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
Ben
Ben ben (בֵּןH1202 [not in NIV] “son”). According to the MT, a Levite musician (1 Chr. 15:18; cf. KJV). Most modern versions, following the Septuagint (cf. also the MT, v. 20), omit this name.