Beeri

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There are two biblical figures named 'Beeri.' The etymology of Beeri (Hebrew: בְּאֵרִי‎‎, Bə’êrî) is given as "belonging to a fountain" by Wilhelm Gesenius,[1] but as "expounder" by the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia[2] and "well" according to the Holman Bible Dictionary.[3]

According to the Book of Hosea, Beeri was the father of the prophet Hosea.[4] Jewish tradition says that he only uttered a few words of prophecy, and as they were insufficient to be embodied in a book by themselves, they were incorporated in the Book of Isaiah, viz., verses 19 and 20 of the 8th chapter. As such, Beeri is considered a prophet in Judaism.[5] Beeri was sometimes identified with Beerah (1 Chronicles 5:6), who was taken into exile by the Assyrians.[6] He is also considered holy by Muslims.

The other Beeri was the father of Judith, one of the wives of Esau (Genesis 26:34).


References[edit]

  1. ^ Gesenius, Hebrew and Chaldee Lexicon, ad loc. [1]
  2. ^ International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, "Beeri" [2]
  3. ^ Holman Bible Dictionary, "Beeri" [3]
  4. ^ Hosea 1:1
  5. ^ The Midrash: Leviticus Rabba
  6. ^ TB Peshahim 87b, Baba Batra 14b