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It seems pretty arbitrary, but in many cases in the Chumash, we find our patriarchs, Moses, etc, name places they pass based on some action that took place there. Is there any additional meaning to this action of naming an area of land "such and such happened here"?

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Maybe it's so that he (or anybody) could talk about the place later. Why do we name places nowadays? – Daniel Aug 4 '13 at 13:05
@Daniel, that's the simple answer; is there anything else that we know regarding naming places in the Torah? – Ani Yodea Aug 4 '13 at 13:38
@Daniel, IIRC, in at least some of these cases, they explicitly re-named a place that already had a handle. – Isaac Moses Aug 5 '13 at 15:05

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