Lahai-Roi לחי ראי
(900 words)

I. Name

The name Laḥay Rōʾî appears only three times in the Hebrew Bible: always in the combination of the toponym Bĕʾēr Laḥay Rōʾî: Gen. 16.14; Gen. 24.62; Gen. 25.11. In Gen. 16.14, Lahai-roi (or Hai-roi) could be construed as a divine name in accordance with the versions. Yet the interpretation is speculative and not supported by extrabiblical evidence.

II. Identity

In the three biblical occurrences, Bĕʾēr Laḥay Rōʾî designates a well or a locality somewhere in the Negeb (Gen. 24.62). Its localization is un…

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A. de Pury, “Lahai-Roi לחי ראי”, in: Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online, Edited by: Karel van der Toorn, Bob Becking, Pieter W. van der Horst. Consulted online on 16 January 2019 <>

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