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Bether
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
Also rendered “Thether.” A village assigned to the tribe of Judah. Bether is mentioned in the Greek Septuagint version of Josh 15:59 but not the Hebrew Masoretic Text. Bether, along with a list of 10 other cities, was probably accidentally excluded from the Hebrew text at some point via scribal error.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Bether
Bether (Θεθηρ, Thethēr). Also rendered “Thether.” A village assigned to the tribe of Judah. Bether is mentioned in the Greek Septuagint version of Josh 15:59 but not the Hebrew Masoretic Text. Bether, along with a list of 10 other cities, was probably accidentally excluded from the Hebrew text at some
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Bether (Place)
BETHER (PLACE) [Gk Baithēr (Βαιθηρ), Thethēr (Θεθηρ)]. A village in one of the districts into which the allotment of land for the tribe of Judah was divided (Josh 15:59a LXX). The list of 11 cities of which Bether is the 10th is found in LXX but not in MT; presumably it was omitted from the Hebrew
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Bether
Bether. Hebrew word occurring in the phrase “upon rugged mountains” and regarded as a proper name in kjv (mountains of Bether, Sg 2:17). Occurrence of the phrase “mountains of spices” in an almost identical verse (8:14) suggests “spices” or a particular spice (such as cinnamon) as an appropriate translation
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Bether
Bether bēʹthər [Heb. beṯer; Gk. A Baither, B Thethēr] (Josh. 15:59).A village 5 mi (8 km) SW of Jerusalem in the allotment of Judah. Reference to “the mountains of Bether” in the AV of Cant. 2:17 is a dubious translation (but see Malobathron); the RSV conjectures “rugged mountains,” the NEB, “the
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Bether
BETHER* Hebrew word occurring in the phrase “upon rugged mountains” and regarded as a proper name in the kjv (”mountains of Bether,” Sg 2:17). Occurrence of the phrase “mountains of spices” in an almost identical verse (8:14) suggests “spices” or a particular spice (such as cinnamon) as an appropriate
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Bether
BETHER. Found only in Song 2:17, translated in RSV by the adjective “rugged”; ASV, “craggy.” Probably it refers either to a type of difficult terrain over which, however, a mountain deer could move swiftly and safely, or to the city of Bether which is presently identified with Khirbet el-Yehud, just
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Bether
Bether (Gk. Baithēr; Heb. beṯer)A town in the region allocated to Judah (Josh. 15:59 LXX) near Jersualem. The site has been identified as Khirbet el-Yahudi (162126), just SW of Mittar (where the ancient name is retained), 11 km. (7 mi.) SW of Jerusalem. Bether (perhaps “house of the mountain”) is
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Bether
Bether [bēˊthər] (Heb. beṯer). A village southwest of Jerusalem (Josh. 15:59, LXX A Baither, B Thethēer; cf. LXX Baiththēr for Beth-shemesh at 1 Chr. 6:59 [LXX 44]). Some descriptive significance may be derived from Cant. 2:17, where the RSV translates “rugged mountains” (Heb. hārê
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
Bethar
BETHAR A fortress in Judea, 7 miles southwest of Jerusalem and 2,150 feet above sea level, identified with Khirbet el-Yahud, ‘the ruin of the Jews’, where Bar-Kochba fought his last battle against the Romans in the Second Jewish Revolt. The site is not mentioned in the Bible, but in the Greek translation
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Bether
Be´ther (depth), The mountains of. Song. 2:17. There is no clue to guide us as to what mountains are intended here.
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Bether
BE´THER (beʹther; “separation”). A range of mountains named in song of Sol. 2:17, perhaps the same as the “mountains of spices” (8:14). The NIV renders Bether as “rugged hills.”
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Bether
Betherdissection or separation, certain mountains mentioned in Cant. 2:17; probably near Lebanon.
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