Easton's Bible Dictionary
House of crossing, a place south of the scene of Gideon's victory (Judges 7:24 ). It was probably the chief ford of the Jordan in that district, and may have been that by which Jacob crossed when he returned from Mesopotamia, near the Jabbok (Genesis 32:22 ), and at which Jephthah slew the Ephraimites (Judges 12:4 ). Nothing, however, is certainly known of it. (See BETHABARA .)
Holman Bible Dictionary
(behth-beh uh) Place name meaning, “house of God.” A ford over the Jordan River and/or the village there if text of Judges 7:24 is correct. Many Bible scholars think copyists have changed the original text, introducing a place name not in the text.
Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible
BETH-BARAH ( Judges 7:24 ). Near Jordan and the valley of Jezreel. Some suppose it to be the same as Bethabara, in which case the guttural has been lost in copying.
Hitchcock's Bible Names
The chosen house
- It was perhaps the same as Beth-barah
, Judges 7:24 ; but the true site is unknown
- ( John 1:28 ) If this reading be correct, Bethabara is identical with Beth-barah
(fords of Abarah ) the ancient ford of Jordan on the road to Gilead; or, which seems more likely, with Beth-nimrah, on the east of the river, nearly opposite Jericho
Bethabara has also been supposed to be the same as the Beth-barah
(בֵּיח בָּרָה, LXX Septuagint Βαιθηρά, of Judges 7:24) which lay on or near the Jordan