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Baalath Beer

BAALATH-BEER bā’ ə lāth be’ ər (בַּֽעֲלַ֥ת בְּאֵ֖ר, mistress of a well). A city of Simeon, possibly the shrine of a goddess. It is the “Ramah of the South” (Josh 19:8; 1 Chron 4:33). It is identified also by some with 6 under BAALAH q.v. Though the exact site is unknown, it is supposedly in the far S of the Negeb and near a well.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

ba`alath be’er "lady (mistress) of the well"; (Jos 19:8 (in 1Ch 4:33, Baal)): In Jos this place is designated "Ramah of the South," i.e. of the Negeb, while in 1Sa 30:27 it is described as Ramoth of the Negeb. It must have been a prominent hill (ramah = "height") in the far south of the Negeb and near a well be’er. The site is unknown though Conder suggests that the shrine Kubbet el Baul may retain the old name.

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