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BAARA

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1) BASHEMATH (Hebrew= )

Etymology: sweet-smelling

 

 

The daughter of Ishmael, the last of Esau’s three wives (Gen. 36:3-4, 13), from whose son Reuel four tribes of the Edomites sprung. She is also called Mahalath (Gen. 28:9). It is noticeable that Esau’s three wives receive different names in the genealogical table of the Edomites (Gen. 36) from those given to them in the history (Gen. 26:34; 28:9).

 

Bible: Bashemath No. 1

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2) BASHEMATH (Hebrew= )

Etymology: sweet-smelling

A daughter of Solomon, and wife of Ahimaaz, one of his officers (1 Kings 4:15).

 

 

Bible: Bashemath No. 2

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3) BASHEMATH (Hebrew= )

Etymology: sweet-smelling

 

Bible: Bashemath No. 3

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BATHSHEBA (Hebrew= ) (Bath-sheba, Bathshua)

Etymology: daughter of the oath, or of seven

This was the name of one biblical woman, who was also called Bath-shu'a (1 Chr. 3:5). She was the daughter of Eliam (2 Sam. 11:3) or Ammiel (1 Chr. 3:5), and wife of Uriah the Hittite. David committed adultery with her (2 Sam. 11:4-5; Ps. 51:1).

 

The child born in adultery died (2 Sam. 12:15-19). After her husband was slain (11:15), she was married to David (11:27), and became the mother of Solomon (12:24; 1 Kings 1:11; 2:13). She took a prominent part in securing the succession of Solomon to the throne (1 Kings 1:11, 16-21).

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1) BATHSHUA (Hebrew= ) (Bath-shu'a}

Etymology: “daughter of abundance” / Daughter of an oath; Daughter of seven. Daughter of crying; daughter of opulence.

a Canaanite woman married to Judah, referred to as Shua in Genesis 38:2, 12 and 1 Chronicles 2:3

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2) BATHSHUA (Hebrew= ) (Bath-shu'a}

Etymology: “daughter of abundance” / Daughter of an oath; Daughter of seven. Daughter of crying; daughter of opulence.

The name Bathshua is a variant form of Bathsheba the better known name of a wife of King David.

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BERNICE (Greek= )

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When Paul was heard in Caesarea by king Agrippa the Second, Bernice was present (Acts 25:13). Bernice and Agrippa the Second were both children of king Agrippa the Great (and according to Josephus', The Wars of the Jews - book 1, section 552, children of Salome; their sister was Drusilla), but that didn't prevent them from being together. That is, after Bernice's first husband, her uncle Herod, had passed away. She left brother Agrippa and married king Polemo of Cilicia, but their marriage didn't last long. She returned to brother Agrippa but quickly averted her amorous attentions to emperor Vespasian, and his son, emperor Titus.

Whether Bernice ever truly experienced love, the annals don't say.

 

The name Bernice is a Frenchified version of the Greek name Bernike, and Bernike, or also (berenike) was once the name of a constellation. Which one isn't clear but it was probably appreciated as the bringer of victories (and why will soon be clear). The word was also used in the meaning of a throw of the dice, or to indicate a certain plant. The related word (berenikioes) means (women's) shoes.

 

The name Ber(e)nice consists of two elements. The latter bit of the name Bernice comes from the familiar Greek noun (nika), meaning victory (as in Nike, the sport brand, and the Biblical names Eunice, Nicanor, Nicodemus, Nicolas, and Nicopolis).

 

The origin of first part of the name Bernice becomes clear when we realize that the spelling with a beta was the Macedonian form of the more common spelling with a phi: (pherenike). Apparently, the b- and the v-sounds were similar enough to allow interchanging. The same happens in Hebrew, that's why we speak of the city called Tell Aviv, which is spelled Tell Abib.

 

The phere-part of the word pherenike comes from the verb (phero), meaning to bear or carry (a load). This verb shows up in a wide variety of words, some notable ones: (phereoinos), meaning wine-bearing; (pherepteros), meaning wing-bearing; (pheresbios), meaning life-giving; (pherezoos), meaning bringing life; (phereauges), meaning light bringing, and (pheremelos), meaning producing sheep!

 

The name Bernice means Bringer Of Victory.

 

Meaning: bearer of victory

the eldest daughter of Agrippa I, the Herod Agrippa of Acts 12:20

After the early death of her first husband she was married to her uncle Herod, king of Chalcis. After his death (A.D. 40) she lived in incestuous connection with her brother Agrippa II. (Acts 25:13, 23; 26:30). They joined the Romans at the outbreak of the final war between them and the Jews, and lived afterwards at Rome.

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BILHAH (Hebrew= )

Etymology: faltering; bashful

Rachel’s handmaid, whom she gave to Jacob (Gen. 29:29)

She was the mother of Dan and Naphtali (Gen. 30:3-8). Reuben was cursed by his father for committing adultery with her (35:22; 49:4). He was deprived of the birth-right, which was given to the sons of Joseph.

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BITHIAH (Hebrew= )

Etymology: “daughter of Yahweh”; daughter of the Lord; worshipper of Jehovah

Bithiah was a “daughter of Pharoah.” She married Mered, a son of Ezra of the family of Judah (1 Chronicles 4:18).

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