Lehem (Place)
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Bethlehem of Judah
Bethlehem of Judah (בֵּית לֶחֶם‎, beith lechem). A town in the hill country of Judah significant as the burial site of the matriarch Rachel (Gen 35:19), as the hometown of King David (1 Sam 20:6; Luke 2:4), and as the birthplace of Jesus (Matt 2:1).
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Lehem (Place)
LEHEM (PLACE) [Heb leḥem (לֶחֶם)]. A possible place name somewhere in the territory of the tribe of Judah, and is so rendered by the RSV (1 Chr 4:22). However, no such place has been identified. The name appears in a recorded event concerning two Judahites, Joash and Saraph, who had returned to Judah
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Lehem. Obscure Hebrew term in 1 Chronicles 4:22. Following the Hebrew, some understand Jashubi-lehem as a descendant of Judah (kjv) or a place where Joash and Saraph ruled (niv). Others, changing the Hebrew slightly, translate “returned to Lehem” (rsv), meaning either Bethlehem or some unknown place.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Lehem lēʹhəm [Heb. lāḥem (pausal form)] (1 Ch. 4:22). The RSV translates the AV Jashubi-lehem as “returned to Lehem.” No such place is known. The NEB and many commentators emend to read “returned to Bethlehem.” A less drastic emendation, following the Gk. apéstrepsen autoús, would be Heb. wayyāšuḇû
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Lehem (Heb. leḥem)An obscure Hebrew form found in 1 Chr. 4:22, possibly an unknown place (so NRSV) ruled by Joash and Saraph. Some versions regard Lehem as a shortened form of Bethlehem (e.g., NJB, REB) or read MT “Jashubi-lahem” as a personal name (cf. NRSV mg). Another possibility is to translate
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Lehem [lēˊhĕm] (Heb. leḥem).* A possible place name at 1 Chr. 4:22 (RSV). Heb. weyāšuḇî lāḥem is difficult, perhaps because the text derives from ancient records, and a number of translational and emendational possibilities exist. The KJV and NIV take the words as a personal name,
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
LEHEM (Lĕʹ hĕm) Place-name meaning “bread” or “food.” NRSV reading (1 Chron. 4:22) based on evidence from early Latin and Greek translations. The name appears in a list of members of tribe of Judah. Hebrew reads Jashubi-lehem (KJV, NASB, NIV). REB, TEV emend the text to read “came back to” or “settled
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
LEHEM lee´hem [לֶחֶםlekhem]. The NRSV translation of 1 Chr 4:22 is based on the Heb. text. According to the NRSV, one of Judah’s descendants, Saraph, reportedly returns to this city after having married into Moab. The Vulgate and the Targum read this word as if the Heb. text omits a preceding beth (בֵּית‎).
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