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The 1901 Jewish Encyclopedia

Baca, the Valley of

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A valley mentioned in Psalm 84:7 [6 A. V.]. Since it is there said that pilgrims transform the valley into a land of wells, the old translators gave to "Baca" the meaning of a "valley of weeping" but it signifies rather any valley lacking water. Support for this latter view is to be found in 2Samuel 5:23 et seq. 1Chronicles 14:14 et seq. , in which the plural form of the same word designates a tree similar to the balsam-tree and it was supposed that a dry valley could be named after this tree. Kö nig takes "Baca" from the Arabian "baka' a," and translates it "lacking in streams." The Psalmist apparently has in mind a particular valley whose natural condition led him to adopt its name.

J. Jr. F. Bu.

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Singer, Isidore, Ph.D, Projector and Managing Editor. Entry for 'Baca, the Valley of'. 1901 The Jewish Encyclopedia. 1901.

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