BETH BARAH (bĕth' bâr'a, Heb. bethbarah, house of the ford). One of the important fords of the Jordan, identified by some with [[Beth Arabah]]. The Midianites were expected to use it as they escaped from Gideon, thus Gideon’s instruction to his messengers to “seize the waters of the Jordan ahead of them as far as [[Beth Barah]]” (Judg.7.24). Here Jephthah killed the Ephraimites (Judg.12.4), and here, some say, Jacob crossed the Jordan (Gen.32.23).