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Bichrites
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
Possibly the descendants of Bichri, although the Masoretic Text reads “Berites” and the form of the Hebrew name suggests that”Bichri” might have been a clan, not a specific person. The Bichrites allied with Sheba, who rebelled against King David at Abel-Beth-Maacah (2 Sam 20:14).
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Bichrites
Bichrites (בֵּרִים‎, berim; בִּכְרִים‎, bikhrim; בַּחֻרִים‎, bachurim). Possibly the descendants of Bichri, although the Masoretic Text reads “Berites” and the form of the Hebrew name suggests that”Bichri” might have been a clan, not a specific person. The Bichrites allied with Sheba, who rebelled against
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Berite
Berite. kjv rendering of Bichrite, a descendant of Bichri, in 2 Samuel 20:14.See Bichri, Bichrite.
Bichri, Bichrite
Bichri, Bichrite. Sheba’s father in Benjamin’s tribe. Sheba led a revolt against King David (2 Sm 20:1–22). Bichri’s descendants were known as Bichrites (2 Sm 20:14, kjv Berites).
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Bichrites
Bichrites bikʹrīts (2 S. 20:14); AV BERITES; NEB “clan of Bichri.” The family or descendants of Bichri. The RSV and NEB follow Klostermann’s suggested emendation of the doubtful MT bērîm to biḵrîm. The Vulgate presupposes baḥurîm, “choice young men.”
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Berite
BERITE* kjv rendering of Bichrite, a descendant of Bichri, in 2 Samuel 20:14. See Bichri, Bichrite, Bicri.
Bichri, Bichrite, Bicri
BICHRI*, BICHRITE*, BICRI Sheba’s father in Benjamin’s tribe. Sheba led a revolt against King David (2 Sm 20:1–22). Bicri’s descendants were known as Bicrites (2 Sm 20:14).
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Berites
BERITES. The descendants of Beri, a warrior of Asher (1 Chr 7:36). They are mentioned only in Scripture (2 Sam 20:14) as followers of Sheba, whose abortive rebellion against David followed closely the defeat of Absalom (2 Sam 20). They followed him to the city of Abel of Beth-maachah where he was killed.
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Bichrites
Bichrites [bĭkˊrīts]. Descendants of Bichri and kinsmen of the rebellious Sheba (2 Sam. 20:14; KJV, NIV “Berites”). The RSV and NEB read Heb. biḵrîm, thus emending the doubtful MT bērîm.
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Berites the
Be´rites, The, a tribe of people who are named with Abel and Beth-maachah, and who were therefore doubtless situated in the north of Palestine. 2 Sam. 20:14.
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Berites
BE´RITES (beʹrīts). A people mentioned only in 2 Sam. 20:14, in the account of Joab’s pursuit of Sheba, son of Bichri. Being mentioned in connection with Abel Beth-maacah, they seem to have lived in northern Palestine. Thompson (The Land and the Book) places them at Biria, N of Safed. Biria he identifies
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Berites
BERITES [BEH rites] (belonging to Bichri) — the descendants of Bichri. The only mention of this clan is when Joab visited them in his pursuit of Sheba, the son of Bichri (2 Sam. 20:14; Bichrites, NRSV, REB).
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
BERITES
BERITES<be’-rits> (בֵּרִים‎ [berim]; according to Klostermann and others, בִּכְרִים‎ [bikhrim]): The word is found only once in the Old Testament (2 Samuel 20:14). The passage seems to be doubtful. The suggestion of Klostermann does not improve matters any; the other proposed reading, בַּחֻרִים‎ [bachrim]
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Berite
BERITE (Bēʹ rīt) Word of unknown meaning (2 Sam. 20:14). Some Bible students think original text read Bichrites, referring to clan to which Sheba, son of Bichri belonged (2 Sam. 20:13; see TEV, NRSV). Some would identify the Berites as residents of a town called Biria in northern Palestine.
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
Berites
Berites bihr′its (בֵּרִיםH1379, derivation uncertain). Apparently an Israelite clan that joined Sheba in his rebellion against David (2 Sam. 20:14). Many scholars, however, believe the name is a scribal error and read “Bichrites” (cf. NRSV). See Bicri.