Baca

Baca [N] [S]

a mulberry-tree
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Hitchcock, Roswell D. "Entry for 'Baca'". "An Interpreting Dictionary of Scripture Proper Names". . New York, N.Y., 1869.

Baca [N] [H]

(weeping ), The Valley of, A valley in Palestine, through which the exiled Psalmist sees in vision the pilgrims passing in their march towards the sanctuary of Jehovah at Zion. ( Psalms 84:6 ) That it was a real locality is most probable from the use of the definite article before the name. The rendering of the Targum is Gehenna, i.e. the Ge-Hinnom or ravine below Mount Zion. This locality agrees well with the mention of became (Authorized Version "mulberry") trees in ( 2 Samuel 5:23 )


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Smith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Baca'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary". . 1901.

BACA

ba'-ka bakha':

In the King James Version in Psalms 84:6, where the Revised Version (British and American) has "the valley of Weeping," with a marginal variant which is best put in the form, "the valley of the balsam-trees." The word is elsewhere used only in the duplicated account of one of David's battles (2 Samuel 5:23,24; 1 Chronicles 14:14,15). There the translation is "the mulberry trees," with "the balsam-trees" in the margin in the Revised Version (British and American). Conjecturally the word is, by variant spelling, of the stem which denotes weeping; the tree is called "weeper" from some habit of the trickling of its gum or of the moisture on it; the valley of weeping is not a geographical locality, but a picturesque expression for the experiences of those whose strength is in Yahweh, and who through His grace find their sorrows changed into blessings.

Willis J. Beecher


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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'BACA'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.