Friday, December 8, 2023

The Hebrew noun בית (bayit, pronounced BY-it, but often shortened to BAYT), is the word for "house." We find the word used, for instance, in Genesis 33:17: "But Jacob journeyed to Succoth, and built himself a house (בית), and made booths for his cattle; therefore the place is called Succoth." It can also be combined with other nouns to refer to specific "houses", as in Jeremiah 52:13: "He set fire to the temple of the LORD (literally: בית יהוה, or "house of YHWH"), the royal palace (literally: בית המלך, or "house of the king") and all the houses of Jerusalem." It is also found in proper names, like Bethlehem, written in Hebrew as בית לחם, and literally meaning "house of bread."