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Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature
Bar, a Hebrew word meaning son, but used only poetically in that language (Psalms 2:12; Proverbs 31:2). In Syriac, however, Bar answered to the more common Hebrew word for son, i.e. ben; and hence in later times, in the New Testament, it takes the same place in the formation of proper names which Ben had formerly occupied in the Old Testament.
Kitto, John, ed. Entry for 'Bar'. "Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature". https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/kbe/b/bar.html.