About Hebrew Names

+ Names of places .–These may be divided into two general classes–descriptive and historical. The former are such as mark some peculiarity of the locality, usually a natural one, e.g. Sharon, “plain” Gibeah, “hill;” Pisgah. “height.” Of the second class of local names, some were given in honor of individual men, e.g. the city Enoch (Genesis 4:17) etc. More commonly, however, such names were given to perpetuate that memory of some important historic occurrence. Bethel perpetuated through all Jewish history the early revelations of God to Jacob. (Genesis 28:19; 35:15) So Jehovah-jireh, (Genesis 22:14) Mahanaim, (Genesis 32:2) Peniel etc. In forming compounds to serve as names of towns or other localities, some of the most common terms employed were Kir, a “wall” or “fortress;” Kirjath, “city;” En, “fountain;” Beer, “a well,” etc. The names of countries were almost universally derived from the name of the first settlers or earliest historic population.+ Names of persons.–Among the Hebrews each person Continue reading
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