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Baal
The chief god of the Canaanites, who was worshipped as a fertility god who brought rain and made the crops plentiful. Baal-worship was common during the conquest of Canaan. Altars were often set up to Baal on the tops of mountains (Numbers 22:41).
Baal Peor
A god of the Moabites, a local variant of Baal. A number of the Israelites were enticed by Moabite women into his worship, and were put to death at Moses' order (Numbers 25:1-9).
Balaam
Son of Beor. A soothsayer from Pethor on the river Euphrates, he was called by Balak, king of Moab, to go and curse the Israelites who were entering the Moabite plains (Numbers 22:6). God eventually permitted him to proceed with the provision that he would only utter the words that God put into his mouth.The Bible relates that an invisible angel blocked his way, causing his donkey to falter. After the donkey reproached Balaam for beating her (Numbers 22:28) Balaam saw the angel and, humbled, undertook to obey God's wishes. Balaam blessed the Israelites on three occasions instead of cursing them, infuriating Balak. His famous words, 'A star shall come out of Jacob, and a sceptre shall rise out of Israel' (Numbers 24:17) is considered by many scholars to be a messianic prophecy.
Balak
The first king of Moab. He hired Balaam to go and curse the Israelite people who were dwelling in his territory shortly after their victory over the Amorites, but was frustrated by Balaam who was empowered by God to bless them instead (Numbers 22-24).
Basemath
Daughter of Ishmael, and wife of Esau, also known as Machlath.Esau's marriage to Basemath and to Oholibamah (both Canaanite women) was a source of grief to his parents Isaac and Rebecca. Basemath and Esau had a son, Reuel.
Bekher
1. Grandson of Jacob and son of Benjamin. Brother of Bela, Ashbel, Gera, Naaman, Echi, Rosh, Muppim, Chuppim and Ard.
2. Grandson of Joseph and son of Ephraim. Brother of Shuthalach and Tachan.
Bela
Grandson of Jacob and son of Benjamin. Brother of Bekher, Ashbel, Gera, Naaman, Echi, Rosh, Muppim, Chuppim and Ard. Possibly had two sons called Ard and Naaman.
Benjamin
Youngest son of Jacob and Rachel, who died shortly after giving birth to him near Ephrath in Bethlehem. Rachel named her son Ben-oni ('son of my sorrow') but Jacob changed the name to Benjamin ('son of my right hand'), the right hand being the place of honour (cf. Genesis 48:14, Jacob's blessing of Ephraim and Menasseh). Benjamin was not sent down to Egypt to buy corn during the famine in Canaan but was later sent to Egypt at Joseph's command. Joseph deliberately placed a silver cup in Benjamin's sack as the brothers were leaving for Hebron and had them arrested for theft, intending to keep Benjamin in Egypt with him, but Judah intervened offering himself as hostage instead. Joseph revealed his true identity and Jacob and the rest of their family, including Benjamin's ten sons, settled in Egypt. When on his deathbed, Jacob blessed each of his sons in turn, calling Benjamin 'a vicious wolf' (Genesis 49:27). Ancestor of the tribe of that name.
Bera
King of Sodom at the time of the invasion of Chedorlaomer and his allies (Genesis 14:2).
Beriah
Grandson of Jacob and son of Asher. Brother of Yimnah, Yishvah, Yishvi and Serach.
Beth Haran
Beth Haran was among the fortress cities built up by the descendants of the tribe of Gad. The tribes of Gad and Reuben claimed the lands around Ya'ezer and Gilead for raising their livestock, even though this area was on the eastern bank of the Jordan. After attempting to persuade them to settle in Canaan, Moses granted them permission to settle in Transjordan on condition that they armed themselves and led the other Israelites across the Jordan river as an advance guard (Numbers 32).
Bethuel
Brother of Utz, Buz, Kemuel, Kesed, Chazo, Pildash, and Yidlaf.Father of Laban and Rebecca (Genesis 22:23). He was a nephew of Abraham, living in Charan, where Abraham's brother (Bethuel's father) Nachor also lived. He gave his daughter Rebecca in marriage to Abraham (Genesis 24).
Betzalel
Son of Uri, grandson of Chur (who may have been the husband of Miriam). God chose Betzalel as the chief architect of the Tabernacle (Exodus 31:2-11; Exodus 35:30-35; Exodus 36). His skills included working, in gold, silver and copper, stone-cutting, wood-carving, embroidery, weaving and engraving. He also designed the Ark and the furniture, and had the gift of teaching his divinely-inspired crafts and skills to others. Oholiav was selected as his assistant.
Bilhah
Rachel's maid-servant. Rachel, who was childless,offered Bilhah to Jacob so that she might have a child (Genesis 30:3). Bilhah and Jacob had two sons, Dan and Naphtali, the legendary ancestors of the tribes of those names. Bilhah had an incestuous affair later with Reuben, Jacob's eldest son by his first wife Leah (Genesis 35:22).
Bilhan
Son of Etzer. Brother of Zaavan and Akan.
Birsha
King of Gomorrah at the time of the invasion of Chedorlaomer and his allies (Genesis 14:2).
Buz
Son of Milcah and Nachor. Brother of Utz, Kemuel, Kesed, Chazo, Pildash, Yidlaf and Bethuel.




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