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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature


(Hebrews Btalah', בּעֲלָה , mistress, civitas), the name of two cities and of one mountain. (See BAALATH).

1. (Sept. Βααλάθ v. r. Βαλά .) A city in the southern part of Judah, mentioned in connection with Beersheba and lim (Joshua 15:29), apparently the same elsewhere called BALAH (Joshua 19:3), also BILHAH, and assigned to Simeon (1 Chronicles 4:29). In the firstnamed passage it forms part of the preceding name Bizjothjah-Bnalah. (See BIZJOTHJAH).

2. (Sept. Βααλάθ v. r. Βαάλ, but omits in 1 Chronicles) A city on the northern border of Judah (Joshua 15:10), better known as KIRJATH- JEARIM (q.v.) (Joshua 15:9; 1 Chronicles 13:6), otherwise called BAALE OF JUDAH (2 Samuel 6:2). In Joshua 15:60; Joshua 18:14, it is called KIRJATH-BAAL. From the expression "Baalah, which is Kirjath- jearim" (comp. "Jebusi, which is Jerusalem," 18:28), it would seem as if Baalah were the earlier or Canaanite appellation of the place.

3. (Sept. γῆ Βααλάθ v. r. ἐπὶ λίβα , etc.) A mountain (הִר ) on the N.W. boundary of Judah, between Shicron and Jabneel (Joshua 15:11), usually regarded as the same with Mount Jearim (Joshua 15:10), from the neighboring Kirjath-baal; but erroneously (see Keil, Comment. in loc.), for the direction in the text requires a location more westerly, apparently at the modern Tell Hermes (Van de Velde, Map). (See TRIBE).

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Baalah'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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