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Beth-Barah
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Beth-Barah
Beth-Barah (בֵּית בּרָה‎, beith brah). A ford of the Jordan River; mentioned in the account of Gideon defeating the Midianites (Judg 7:24).
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Beth-Barah (Place)
BETH-BARAH (PLACE) [Heb bêt bārâ (בֵּית בָּרָה)]. An undetermined location thought to be near the Jordan river (Judg 7:24). Here the Ephraimites, under the direction of Gideon, cut off the fleeing Midianites by seizing the area around the Jordan up to this point. The precise meaning of the place name
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Beth-barah
Beth-barah. Place where warriors of Ephraim’s tribe under Gideon tried to block the retreat of the Midianites over the Jordan River (Jgs 7:24). Many scholars feel that originally the text read “the fords of Jordan” instead of “Beth-bara and (also) the Jordan.”
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Beth-Barah
Beth-Barah beth-bârʹə [Heb. bêṯ bārâ]. A place in the vicinity of the Jordan Valley, probably located between the Jordan and the modern Wâdī Fâr‘ah. At this point the enemy could easily be taken. Gideon sent messengers to the Ephraimites directing them to seize these rivers “as far as Beth-Barah”
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Beth-Barah
BETH-BARAH Place where warriors of Ephraim’s tribe under Gideon tried to block the retreat of the Midianites over the Jordan River (Jgs 7:24).
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Beth-Barah
BETH-BARAH. A place on the Jordan S of the valley of Jezreel. Some suppose it to be the same as Bethabarah (q.v.). Owing to its waters, it was a locality difficult for the Midianites to cross (Jdg 7:24). This is probably S of Beth-shean in the region N of the mouth of the Wadi Farah.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Beth-Barah
Beth-Barah (Heb. bêṯ bārâ)The place where Gideon rallied the tribe of Ephraim to cut off the fleeing Midianites (Judg. 7:24). There they captured and executed the Midianite leaders Oreb and Zeeb, and brought their heads to Gideon (Judg. 7:25). Since there has been no identification of Beth-barah,
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Beth-Barah
Beth-Barah [bĕth bârˊə] (Heb. bêṯ bārâ). A crossing place or ford on the Jordan, probably south of Beth-shan, taken by Gideon in his pursuit of the fleeing Midianites (Judg. 7:24). Although its location is uncertain, it may be situated in the Wâdī Fâr˓ah, northeast of Shechem.
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Beth-Barah
BETH-BARAH A town near the Jordan River (Judg 7:24). Gideon and the Ephraimites “seized the waters as far as Beth-barah” during a battle with the Midianites.
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Beth-barah
Beth-ba´rah (house of the ford), named only in Judges 7:24. It derives its chief interest from the possibility that its more modern representative may have been Beth-abara, where John baptized. It was probably the chief ford of the district.
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Beth-Barah
BETH-BA´RAH (beth-baʹra). A chief ford of the Jordan. Possibly the place of Jacob’s crossing (Gen. 32:22), S of the scene of Gideon’s victory (Judg. 7:24), and where Jephtha slew the Ephraimites (12:4). Location uncertain.
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Beth-Barah
Beth-Barahhouse of crossing, a place south of the scene of Gideon’s victory (Judg. 7:24). It was probably the chief ford of the Jordan in that district, and may have been that by which Jacob crossed when he returned from Mesopotamia, near the Jabbok (Gen. 32:22), and at which Jephthah slew the Ephraimites