Beth- (Name Element)
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
BETH (“house”). The second letter of the Heb. alphabet. Originally it was a rude representation of a dwelling, whence it derives its name. In compound place names Beth means “place of,” “abode of,” “temple of,” “house of.” It came also to be used for the number “two.” It became Gr. beta and Latin and
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Beth (Heb. bêṯ; Gk. bēth, baith, beth)Heb. “house,” frequently employed to designate a family or social grouping. The term is commonly the first component of such compound proper names as Bethel (“house of God”), Beth-shean, and Beth-shemesh (“house of the son”).
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Beth [bĕth] (Heb. bêṯ; Gk. bēth, baith, beth). Heb. bêṯ means “house” and frequently is employed to designate a family or social grouping. The term is commonly the first component of such compound proper names as Bethel (”house of God”), Beth-sheen, and Beth-shemesh (“house of the son”).
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
beth (Heb. בֵּית, a ‘house’). A word often occurring in biblical place-names. See following entries.
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Beth, the most general word for a house or habitation. It has the special meaning of a temple or house of worship. Beth is more frequently employed in compound names of places than any other word.
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
BETH (ב) (bāth; “house”). The name of the second letter of the Heb. alphabet (corresponding to Gk. beta [β], Lat. B), so named because originally the representation of a rude dwelling. As an appellative, Beth is the most general word for “house” (Gen. 24:32; 33:17; Judg. 18:31; 1 Sam. 1:7). From this
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Beth—occurs frequently as the appellation for a house, or dwelling-place, in such compounds as the words immediately following:
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Bethbeth (bayth), the second letter of the Hebrew alphabet. It has a numeric value of two. It has been proposed that the letter was originally a crude pictogram of a house. The use of this term as ‘house’ or ‘dwelling’ resulted in its use as a portion of compound place names such as Bethlehem, Bethel,
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
BETH [beth] (house) — the name of a Hebrew letter and a prefix used in Hebrew names:1. The second letter of the Hebrew alphabet, used as a heading over Psalm 119:9–16. In the Hebrew text, each of these eight verses begins with beth.2. A prefix used in many compound words, such as Beth Anath (house
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
BETH (2)<beth> (in proper names; Greek transliteration in Septuagint, [βηθ, beth], [baith], or [beth]): This is the English transliteration for the Hebrew בֵּית [beth], meaning “house,” “tent,” “place.” It occurs in many compound proper names formed similarly to the method of compounding words
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
Beth- (Name Element)