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If names denote situations, which Canaanite king is "in evil": Bera or Birsha?




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Answer: Bera

In Hebrew Be-ra means "in evil" and Birsha means "in wickedness." The former was the king of Sodom, the latter the king of Gomorrah. Perhaps someone is making a point with these names.

Genesis 14:2 - that they made war with Bera king of Sodom, and with Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, and Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela -- the same is Zoar.


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