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(Heb. id. כֶּרֶד, hail, in pause Ba'red, בּ רֶד, Genesis 16:14; Sept. always Βαράδ ), the name of a place and of a man.

1. A town in the south of Palestine, between which and Kadesh lay the well Lahai-roi (Genesis 16:14; comp. Genesis 16:7). The name is variously given in the ancient versions: Syriac, Gadar [? Gerar]; Arab. Iared, probably a mere corruption of the Hebrew name; Onkelos, Chagra, חִגְרָא (elsewhere employed in the Targums for "Shur"); Ps. Jonathan, Chalutsa, חֲלוּצָא i.e. the Elusa, ῎Ελουσα, of Ptolemy and the ecclesiastical writers, now el- Khulasah, on the Hebron road, about 12 miles south of Beersheba (Robinson, 1, 296; Stewart, p. 205; Reland, p. 755). We have the testimony of Jerome (Vita S. Hilarionis) that Elusa was called by its inhabitants Barec, which would be an easy corruption of Bered, ךְ being read for ד . Chaluza is the name elsewhere given in the Arabic version for "shur" and for "Gerar." (See ELUSA).

2. A son of Shuthelah and grandson of Ephraim (1 Chronicles 7:20); supposed by some to have been identical with Becher in Numbers 26:35, by a mere change of letters ( בכר for ברד ), but with little probability from the context. B.C. post 1856.

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Bered'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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