Bible Dictionary: Ben

By: Guy Templeton
January 24, 2013

We talked previously that Bar means “son of”.  That’s not the only term.

Ben.  Hebrew for son or son of. Hence Ben-Abinadab, Reuben, Benjamin, Benhadad, etc.

Pick the correct definitions.

Benaiah means

  • The Lord hath built (40%, 4 Votes)
  • Son of Aiah (30%, 3 Votes)
  • Son of God (30%, 3 Votes)
  • Son of peace (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 10

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Benhadad means

  • Son of Hadad (89%, 8 Votes)
  • Worshiper of Hadad (11%, 1 Votes)
  • Son of piety (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Son of wickedness (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Evil (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 9

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Ben Hur means

  • Son of Hur (56%, 5 Votes)
  • Charlton Heston (44%, 4 Votes)
  • Son of wickedness (0%, 0 Votes)
  • It's short of Benjamin Hurtado (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 9

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3 Responses to Bible Dictionary: Ben

  1. Ben S on January 24, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    In Benaiah’s case, you have the normal theophoric -iah suffix plus the verb banah (past “tense” of the verb “to build.”)

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  2. Manu Forti on January 24, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    All i know is that Bennihana means expensive Japanese food with a show.

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  3. Guy T on January 25, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    Here are the answers.

    Benaiah actually means “The Lord hath built”. Maybe we should have Ben write these up, because they don’t seem to be following the rules very well.

    Benhadad technically means “son of Hadad”, though the better answer is “Worshiper of Hadad.”

    Finally, Ben Hur actually follows the convention: “son of Hur”. That brings up the question, “who was Hur?” (Although “Who was she” sounds more grammatically correct….) ;)

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