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Bilhah (Place)
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A town allotted to the tribe of Simeon and thought to be part of the Judaean Negev since it appears in lists with other cities of the Negev, such as Beer-sheba and Ziklag (1 Chr 4:29; compare Josh 19:3). It appears to be the same town as Balah (בָּלָה‎, balah), which is mentioned in another list of Simeonite towns (Josh 19:2–8). A list of Judahite towns in Josh 15:28–30 includes a Baalah (בַּעֲלָה‎, ba'alah) along with many of the same towns listed in Simeon’s allotment in 1 Chr 4:28–30 and Josh 19:3–4. In all three lists, Baalah, Balah, or Bilhah appear in the list in close sequence with many of the same places, including Hazar-shual, Ezem, Eltolad, and Hormah. Since those town lists point to a location in the Negev, the references to Baalah in Josh 15:9–11 that connect it with Kiriath-jearim are likely referring to a different location.
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Bilhah in the Negeb
Bilhah in the Negev (בִּלְהָה‎, bilhah). A town allotted to the tribe of Simeon and thought to be part of the Judaean Negev since it appears in lists with other cities of the Negev, such as Beer-sheba and Ziklag (1 Chr 4:29; compare Josh 19:3). It appears to be the same town as Balah (בָּלָה‎, balah),
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Bilhah (Place)
BILHAH (PLACE) [Heb bilhâ (בִּלְהָה)]. Simeonite town within the Judean Negeb (1 Chr 4:29). See BAALAH #2.
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Bilhah (Place)
Bilhah (Place). Town in the territory allotted to Simeon’s tribe (1 Chr 4:29), probably identical with Baalah (Jos 15:29) and Balah (Jos 19:3).
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Bilhah
Bilhah bilʹhə [Heb. bilhâ; Gk. A Balaa, B Abella]. A city in Simeon (1 Ch. 4:29), probably identical with Baalah (2) (Josh. 15:29), Balah (19:3), and perhaps Baalath (19:44). The site is unknown.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Bilhah (Place)
BILHAH (Place) Town in the territory allotted to Simeon’s tribe (1 Chr 4:29), probably identical with Baalah (Jos 15:29) and Balah (19:3).
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Bilhah
Bilhah (bil´huh).1 The slave of Laban’s daughter Rachel, and the mother of Dan and Naphtali (Gen. 29:29; 30:4–7). Rachel’s childlessness led her to give Bilhah as a wife to Jacob (30:4) to bear children for Rachel to claim (30:3). Bilhah bore Dan and Naphtali, leaders of two of the twelve tribes of
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Bilhah
BILHAH1. A slave girl Laban gave to his daughter Rachel when she married Jacob (Gen 29:29), and whom Rachel gave to Jacob as a concubine (Gen 30:3–4). She became the mother of Dan and Naphtali by Jacob (Gen 30:5–8). After the death of Rachel she committed incest with Reuben (Gen 35:22).2. Town in the
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Bilhah
BILHAH (Heb. bilḥâh). 1. A servant-girl in Laban’s household, given to Rachel on her marriage; in her mistress’ place she bore Dan and Naphtali to Jacob (Gn. 29:29ff.). Theories which start from the assumption that the ‘sons of Israel’ never actually existed as one family must suppose ‘sons of Bilhah’
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Bilhah (Place)
Bilhah (Heb. Bilhâ) (PLACE) (also BAALAH, BALAH)A town in southern Judah (1 Chr. 4:29), also called Balah (Josh. 19:3) and Baalah (15:29). The site has not been identified.
Baalah
Baalah (Heb. baʿălâ)1. Another name for Kiriath-jearim (Josh. 15:9).2. A mountain on the boundary of the tribal territory of Judah, between Ekron and Jabneel (Josh. 15:11).3. A city in the southern part of Judah (Josh. 15:29), perhaps the same as Balah (Josh. 19:3) or Bilhah (1 Chr. 4:29). It is
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Bilhah (Place)
BILHAH [bĭlˊhə] (Heb. bilhâ;, possibly “modesty”) (PLACE). A city in the south of Judah (1 Chr. 4:29), also called Balah (Josh. 19:3) and Baalah (15:29). The site has not been identified.
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Bilhah
BilhahBilhah (bilʹhah). 1 The servant of Laban’s daughter Rachel and mother of Dan and Naphtali (Gen. 29:29; 30:4–7). Rachel’s childlessness led her to give Bilhah as concubine to Jacob; in an adoption ritual (Gen. 30:4), Bilhah’s children would legally be Rachel’s. 2 In 1 Chron. 4:29, a location in
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Bilhah
BILHAH [BILL hah] — the name of a woman and a town in the Old Testament:1. A slave girl, or Concubine (Gen. 30:3–5, 7), who bore two of Jacob’s sons, Dan and Naphtali (Gen. 35:25).2. A town inhabited by the family of Simeon (1 Chr. 4:29), also called Baalah (Josh. 15:29) and Balah (Josh. 19:3).
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