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The popular entertainer Ahmed Deedat taught that an Old Testament reference to a place that went by the Hebrew name of "Baca", is somehow related to a 7th century Quraish Arabic word referenced one time in the Quran (3:96) as "Bakka" (Bakkah), even though it was penned some 1500 years after the Hebrew and in a relatively young language of about 300 AD.
While there is no historical or archaeological evidence that suggests that Mecca ever existed prior to the 4th century AD, some Muslims wish to believe that there is at least a scriptural record of Mecca mentioned in the Old Testament as "Baca", by removing the following verse from context and suggesting a similarity between the Hebrew name "Baca" and the Arabic name "Bakkah", from the Quran.
Psalms 84:6 [Who] passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools.
Since there is a reference to a "well" some become even more convinced, believing it must be the well of Zamzam, even though there were water wells all over the known world. This even though Islamic history records that the well of Zamzam was dug by Mohammed's grandfather Abdel Mutaleb in the 6th century, who dedicated it to the most venerated priest and priestess of the Arabian jinn religion, Asaf and Naelah.
Blessedly we can set all the speculation about Baca and Bakkah aside by simply reading the next verse:
84:7 They go from strength to strength, [every one of them] in Zion appeareth before God.
Zion is mentioned 153 times in the Bible because it is the name of the easternmost hill of the city of Jerusalem. Thus we see this passage describing a journey to ZION - to Jerusalem - to the Holy Land. Baca simply being a stop along the way. It's obviously absurd to suggest that this pilgrimage of God's Old Testament saints, rather than traveling to the temple that God had them build IN ZION, instead wandered 1200 kilometers across harsh barren, unexplored Arabian desert, so many hundreds of years before the first caravan route was ever established along the Red Sea, to a town of which there is no historical or archaeological record prior to the 4th century A.D., and then turned around and wandered back the 1200 kilometers!
In regard to the valley of Baca referenced in Scripture, which means balsam trees and weeping, search - battle jerusalem balsam trees - then try - mulberry balsam trees -
“The Valley of Rephaim lay southwest of Jerusalem and formed part of the boundary between Judah and Benjamin (Joshua 15:8). It may correspond to the ‘Valley of Baca’ (Psalm 84:6), due to the balsam trees that were there (1 Chronicles 14:14-15). These are named, literally, ‘weepers’ because of their drops of milky sap.” (Payne)
All this Islam, Mecca and Mohammed in the Bible speculation is nothing more than wasted energy, once one learns that there is absolutely no historical or archaeological evidence that suggests that Mecca ever existed before the 4th century AD, or it's Kaaba before the early 5th century when Asa’d Abu Karb built it for Arabian Star Family worship, the black stone idol of which is still housed in the kaaba to this day.
Compounding this dearth of evidence is the geographical implausibility of Abraham, Hagar or Ishmael ever having had anything whatsoever to do with Mecca.
The historical record in Scripture, confirmed by the archaeological record, tell us that Abraham's journey was largely in the opposite direction of Mecca in the "Fertile Crescent".
As is so often is the case, when so many Bible-ignorant folks, parrot the same falsehood in unison, you will generally find Ahmed Deedat's fingerprints on it.