Bible Names A-G: Beriah
Beriah in Easton's Bible Dictionary
a gift, or in evil. (1.) One of Asher's four sons, and father
Heber (Gen. 46:17).
(2.) A son of Ephraim (1 Chr. 7:20-23), born after the
slaughter of his brothers, and so called by his father
it went evil with his house" at that time.
(3.) A Benjamite who with his brother Shema founded
expelled the Gittites (1 Chr. 8:13).
Beriah in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
("in evil" or "a gift".)
1. Asher's son, from whom descended "the family of
the Beerites" (Genesis 46:17; Numbers 26:44-45).
2. A son of Ephraim, so-called "because it went evil
with Ephraim's house" at the time, the men of Gath "born in
that land" (Goshen, or else the eastern part of Lower Egypt)
having slain his sons in a raid on cattle (1 Chronicles
7:20-23). if Beriah mean a "gift," he will be regarded as an
extraordinary gift from God to Ephraim, now old, to stand
"instead of" his sons whom he had lost; such was Seth
(Genesis 4:25 margin). The incident perhaps belongs to the
time, otherwise unnoticed, between Jacob's death and the
Egyptian enslaving of his seed; for Ephraim's sons must,
some of them, have been full grown and the Hebrew still
free. The men of Gath were children of Philistine settlers
in Goshen or the adjoining region. In Joshua 13:2-3 the
Sihor, or (Pelusiac branch of) the Nile, is the boundary
between Egypt and Canaan; and in Genesis 46:34 the pastoral
population in Goshen being an "abomination to the
Egyptians," Goshen must have been regarded as non-Egyptian,
but a kind of border land between the two countries, Egypt
The men of Gath may have been mercenaries in the
Egyptian army, with lands allotted them in that quarter. The
bloody attack of Simeon and Levi on Shechem (Genesis 34:25-
29), and Pharaoh's fear lest in war the Israelites should
join Egypt's foes and so get up out of the land (Exodus 1),
show the possibility of their having been the aggressors,
but as "come down" is more applicable to coming into than
going from Egypt, probably the men of Gath were the
aggressors. Translate therefore "when they came down." Keil
thinks that" Ephraim" here is not the patriarch, but his
descendant ages after bearing his name. Ezer and Elead his
sons went down from mount Ephraim to Gath to carry off the
Gittites' cattle and were slain in the attempt. Their
father's sorrow for them was alleviated by the birth of
Beriah. This view is possible.
3. A Benjamite who, with Shema, his brother, were
ancestors of the inhabitants of Aijalon, and "drove away the
inhabitants of Gath" (1 Chronicles 8:13).
4. A Gershomite Levite (1 Chronicles 23:10-11).
Beriah in Hitchcock's Bible Names
in fellowship; in envy
Beriah in Naves Topical Bible
1. Son of Asher
Ge 46:17; Nu 26:44,45; 1Ch 7:30
-2. Son of Ephraim
-3. A Benjamite
-4. Son of Shimei
Beriah in Smiths Bible Dictionary
(in evil, or a gift).
1. A son of Asher. Ge 46:17; Nu 26:44,45
2. A son of Ephraim. 1Ch 7:20-23
3. A Benjamite. 1Ch 8:13,16
4. A Levite. 1Ch 23:10,11
Beriah in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
be-ri'-a, be-ri'-its (beri`ah, "in shouting," probably derived
from a Hebrew root meaning "to make noise," or "in evil," from
another Hebrew root):
(1) A son of Asher and father of Heber and Malchiel (Gen
46:17; 1 Ch 7:30,31; the head of the family of the Beriites,
Nu 26:44 ff).
(2) A son of Ephraim, called Beriah by his father because "it
went evil with his house" (1 Ch 7:23).
(3) A descendant of Benjamin (1 Ch 8:13,16).
(4) A Levite in the line of Gershon (1 Ch 23:10 f).
Beriah in Wikipedia
is the name of four different Biblical individuals:
One of Asher's four sons, and father of Heber and Malchiel.
(Gen. 46:17 , Num. 26:44-5 , I Chr. 7:30 )
A son of Ephraim (I Chr. 7:20-23 ), born after the killing of
Ephraim's sons Ezer and Elead, and so called by his father
"because it went badly with his house."
A Benjamite, son of Elpaal. He and his brother Shema expelled
the Gittites, and were patriarchs to the inhabitants of
Ajalon. His sons were Michael, Ishpah and Joha. (I Chr. 8:13 )
A Levite, the son of Shimei. He was jointly patriarch of a
clan with his brother Jeush. (I Chr. 23:10-11 )
Beriah Scripture - 1 Chronicles 23:10
And the sons of Shimei [were], Jahath, Zina, and Jeush, and
Beriah. These four [were] the sons of Shimei.
Beriah Scripture - Numbers 26:44
[Of] the children of Asher after their families: of Jimna, the
family of the Jimnites: of Jesui, the family of the Jesuites:
of Beriah, the family of the Beriites.
Beriah Scripture - Numbers 26:45
Of the sons of Beriah: of Heber, the family of the Heberites:
of Malchiel, the family of the Malchielites.
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