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The 1901 Jewish Encyclopedia

Baca, the Valley of

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A valley mentioned in Psalms 84:7 [6 A. V.]. Since it is there said that pilgrims transform the valley into a land of wells, the old translators gave to "Baca" the meaning of a "valley of weeping"; but it signifies rather any valley lacking water. Support for this latter view is to be found in 2 Samuel 5:23 et seq.; 1 Chronicles 14:14 et seq., in which the plural form of the same word designates a tree similar to the balsam-tree; and it was supposed that a dry valley could be named after this tree. K├Ânig takes "Baca" from the Arabian "baka'a," and translates it "lacking in streams." The Psalmist apparently has in mind a particular valley whose natural condition led him to adopt its name.

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Singer, Isidore, Ph.D, Projector and Managing Editor. Entry for 'Baca, the Valley of'. 1901 The Jewish Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/tje/b/baca-the-valley-of.html. 1901.

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