Bible Names A-G: Baruch
Baruch in Easton's Bible Dictionary
blessed. (1.) The secretary of the prophet Jeremiah (32:12;
36:4). He was of the tribe of Judah (51:59). To him
dictated his prophecies regarding the invasion of
Babylonians and the Captivity. These he read to the
a window in the temple in the fourth year of the
Jehoiakim, king of Judah (Jer. 36). He afterwards
before the counsellors of the king at a private
then to the king himself, who, after hearing a part
of the roll,
cut it with a penknife, and threw it into the fire
of his winter
parlour, where he was sitting.
During the siege of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar, he
keeper of the deed of purchase Jeremiah had made of
territory of Hanameel (Jer. 32:12). Being accused by
of favouring the Chaldeans, he was cast, with
prison, where he remained till the capture of
586). He probably died in Babylon.
(2.) Neh. 3:20; 10:6; 11:5.
Baruch in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
("blessed, Benedict".) Neriah's son, Jeremiah's (Jeremiah
32:12; Jeremiah 36:4-32) steadfast attendant and amanuensis;
brother to Seraiah, of princely family (Jeremiah 51:59) and
position. He was the friend to whom Jeremiah in prison
entrusted the papers of the purchase of his uncle's field at
Anathoth, the year before Jerusalem's destruction, to assure
the Jews of the certainty of their return from Babylon. He
wrote out Jeremiah's prophecies against the Jews and other
nations, and, while the prophet was shut up, i.e. prevented
coming forward, read them before the people; in consequence
of which king Jehoiakim sought to kill him and Jeremiah, but
the Lord hid them. Jehoiakim having destroyed the first
roll, Baruch wrote again the same words with many additions.
Azariah and Johanan after the capture of the city, when
Jeremiah warned them against going to Egypt, said: "Baruch
setteth thee on against us for to deliver us into the hand
of the Chaldeans."
On, the former occasion Baruch yielded to
despondency; and as Paul subjoins epistles to individuals
after epistles to churches, so Jeremiah subjoins a prophecy
concerning Baruch after the prophecies and histories
concerning the Jews and their kings: "Thus saith the Lord
the God of Israel, unto thee, O Baruch. Thou didst say, Woe
is me now, for the Lord hath added grief to my sorrow, I
fainted in my sighing, and I find no rest." When a "whole
land," the people of My "planting," are being plucked up;
"seekest thou great things for thyself?" i.e., dost thou
expect to be exempt from trial?
A promise is added to the reproof: "thy life will I
give unto thee for a prey." How striking, that Jeremiah
(Jeremiah 12:1-5; Jeremiah 15:10-18; Jeremiah 15:45), who
once was so desponding himself, is enabled to minister
counsel to Baruch falling into the same error. God allows
His servants to be tempted, in order to fit them for
succoring others who are tempted. Baruch was carried with
Jeremiah by Johanan into Egypt (Jeremiah 43:6). The
apocryphal book of Baruch is evidently one of later
2. Son of Zabbai (Nehemiah 3:20).
3. Son of Colhozeh (Nehemiah 11:5).
Baruch in Hitchcock's Bible Names
who is blessed
Baruch in Naves Topical Bible
1. An amanuensis (copyist) of Jeremiah
Jer 32:12-16; 36:4-32; 43:3-6; 45:1,2
-2. Son of Labai
Ne 3:20; 10:6
-3. A descendant of Pharez
Baruch in Smiths Bible Dictionary
1. Son of Neriah, the friend, Jer 32:12 amanuensis,
Jer 26:4-32 and faithful attendant of Jeremiah. Jer 36:10 ff.
(B.C. 603.) He was of a noble family, comp. Jer 51:59 Bar.
1:1, and of distinguished acquirements. His enemies accused
him of influencing Jeremiah in favor of the Chaldaeans, Jer
43:3 cf. Jere 27:13
and he was imprisoned until the capture of Jerusalem,
B.C. 586. By the permission of Nebuchadnezzar he remained with
Jeremiah at Mizpeh, Jos. Ant. x.9, 1, but was afterwards
forced to go down to Egypt. Jer 43:6 Nothing is known
certainly of the close of his life.
2. The son of Zabbai, who assisted Nehemiah in
rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. Ne 3:20 (B.C. 446.)
3. A priest, or family of priests, who signed the
covenant with Nehemiah. Ne 10:6 (B.C. 410.).
4. The son of Col-hozeh, a descendant of Perez or
Pharez, the son of Judah. Ne 11:5 (B.C. 536.)
Baruch in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
ba'-ruk, bar'-uk (baruk; Barouch, "blessed"):
(1) Son of Neriah and brother of Seraiah, King Zedekiah's
chamberlain (Jer 51:59). He was the devoted friend (Jer
32:12), the amanuensis (36:4 ff,32) and faithful attendant
(36:10 ff; Josephus, Ant, X, vi, 2) of the prophet Jeremiah.
He seems to have been of noble family (see Ant, X, ix, 1;
compare Jer 51:59; Baruch 1:1). He was also according to
Josephus a man of unusual acquirements (Ant., X, ix, 1). He
might have risen to a high position and seemed conscious of
this, but under Jeremiah's influence (see Jer 45:5) he
repressed his ambition, being content to throw in his lot
with the great prophet whose secretary and companion he
became. Jeremiah dictated his prophecies to Baruch, who read
them to the people (Jer 36). The king (Jehoiakim) was
greatly angered at these prophecies and had Baruch arrested
and the roll burnt. Baruch however rewrote the prophet's
oracles. In the final siege of Jerusalem Baruch stood by his
master, witnessing the purchase by the latter of his
ancestral estate in Anathoth (Jer 32). According to Josephus
(Ant., X, ix, 1) he continued to reside with Jeremiah at
Mizpah after the fall of Jerusalem. Subsequent to the murder
of Gedaliah, he was accused of having unduly influenced
Jeremiah when the latter urged the people to remain in
Judah--a fact which shows how great was the influence which
Baruch was believed to have had over his master (Jer 43:3).
He was carried with Jeremiah to Egypt (Jer 43:6; Ant, X, ix,
6), and thereafter our knowledge of him is merely legendary.
According to a tradition preserved by Jerome (on Isa 30:6 f)
he died in Egypt soon after reaching that country. Two other
traditions say that he went, or by Nebuchadnezzar was
carried, to Babylon after this king conquered Egypt. The
high character of Baruch and the important part he played in
the life and work of Jeremiah induced later generations
still further to enhance his reputation, and a large number
of spurious writings passed under his name, among them the
following: (a) The APOCALYPSE OF BARUCH (which see); (b) the
Book of Baruch; (c) the Rest of the Words of Baruch; (d) the
Gnostic Book of Baruch; (e) the Latin Book of Baruch,
composed originally in Latin; (f) a Greek Apocalypse of
Baruch belonging to the 2nd century of our era; (g) another
Book of Baruch belonging to the 4th or 5th century.
(2) A son of Zabbai who aided Nehemiah in rebuilding the
walls of Jerusalem (Neh 3:20).
(3) One of the priests who signed the covenant with Nehemiah
(4) The son of Colhozeh, a descendant of Perez, the son of
Judah (Neh 11:5).
Baruch in Wikipedia
(Hebrew: בָּרוּךְ, Modern Barukh Tiberian Bārūḵ ; "Blessed") has
been a given name among Jews from Biblical times up to the
present, on some occasions also used as surname. It is also
found, though more rarely, among Christians - particularly
among Protestants who use Old Testament names.
Except for its use as a name, this is also related to
"berakhah" or bracha (Hebrew: ברכה; plural ברכות, berakhot),
which is a Jewish blessing. See also: Baraka and Barakah.
The root B-R-K meaning "blessing" is also present in other
Semitic languages. The most common Arabic form is the passive
form Mubarak, but the form Barack is also used...
Baruch Scripture - Jeremiah 36:10
Then read Baruch in the book the words of Jeremiah in the
house of the LORD, in the chamber of Gemariah the son of
Shaphan the scribe, in the higher court, at the entry of the
new gate of the LORD'S house, in the ears of all the people.
Baruch Scripture - Jeremiah 36:15
And they said unto him, Sit down now, and read it in our ears.
So Baruch read [it] in their ears.
Baruch Scripture - Jeremiah 36:32
Then took Jeremiah another roll, and gave it to Baruch the
scribe, the son of Neriah; who wrote therein from the mouth of
Jeremiah all the words of the book which Jehoiakim king of
Judah had burned in the fire: and there were added besides
unto them many like words.
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