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Ancient or modern names originating from the Bible, concerning the original language, etymology, how it affects Bible interpretation, and any story of origin. Include the specific name and how it affects at least one, specific passage, otherwise the bible-name tag, question, or answer could be removed.

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Why do many English translations substitute “Merab” for “Michal” in 2 Samuel 21:8?

The Hebrew says: וְאֶת־חֲמֵ֗שֶׁת בְּנֵי֙ מִיכַ֣ל בַּת־שָׁא֔וּל אֲשֶׁ֥ר יָלְדָ֛ה לְעַדְרִיאֵ֥ל בֶּן־בַּרְזִלַּ֖י הַמְּחֹלָתִֽי My translation: and the five sons that Michal daughter of Shaul bore to ...
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Why the name Shelomoth is changed to Shelomith?

This Shelomith (שלמות shelomot) and his brethren were over all the treasuries of the dedicated things which King David and the heads of fathers’ houses, the captains over thousands and hundreds, and ...
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Can you think of another example of a major character who is named so oddly as Elijah the Tishbite?

I get that Tishbite is a reference to a place or a people, like Uzziah the Hittite or Job from the land of Uz. Job is a major character to be sure, and Uz is like Tishbe in Gilead, a rather unknown ...
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Plural ending -im with proper names

Muslim apologists claim that the word mahmadim from Song of Solomon 5:16 is name of Muhammad, although it is just a Hebrew word meaning precious and pleasant and it comes in other verses too. I have ...
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Sorting out which James is who, in Acts 12 and 1 Cor. 15

Acts 12 uses the name "James" twice. 1 About that time King Herod laid hands upon some members of the church to harm them. 2 He had James, the brother of John, killed by the sword. 16 ...
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How were Biblical names (in the past) differentiated from common nouns? [closed]

I am new to this site, so if someone has asked this, please accept it as a newbie move and denigrate not. (lol) Caleb חלב means dog. How did Caleb (Joshua 1:9) know he was being called a human name, ...
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Why is "Melchizedek" translated as a name?

The Hebrew text translated as "Melchizedek" actually forms a phrase in Hebrew meaning "my king is righteous" or perhaps "my righteous king." Why is it not translated ...
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Difference in Names between Douay-Rheims and King James

I use BibleHub.com which provides Greek and Hebrew presumably original texts. I like the Douay-Rheims Bible (DRB) because, on casual observation, it seems closer usually to the original. That is, it ...
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What is the Biblical meaning of the name 'Jesse'?

What does the name "Jesse" mean from the Bible and its original language? What language does the name come from? And, are there any important Bible study implications from the meaning? From ...
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