Bible names – mining for insight

hebrew names As I was doing my study this morning, I found myself in Genesis 5, and there are a lot of “begats” in there…

Every time I’ve read them before, I’ve basically logged the names mentally, but not really paid much attention to them until a specific name showed up later in the text, or had some special comment made about it…

…but then it occured to me: my own daughters have very specific names, chosen for very specific reasons. There’s a story behind each name in my family; indeed there’s a story behind how Jami and I even came to choose various names. Why would I automatically assume that Bible names didn’t have much meaning to their parents and treat them like mere footnotes in history?

Enter this site: Abarim Publications. They have some *great* Hebrew insights as to the meaning of names in the Old Testament. Even better – they explain, using the Hebrew, WHY they give a specific meaning to a particular name. It was a fascinating look at the names in Genesis 5, and one does not need to be a Hebrew scholar to appreciate the information on a name.

I recommend taking a look at this site: if you have a name that’s Hebrew in origin, you might discover all kinds of things about your name that you never knew!

Shalom (KFJ)- Ed

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1 Response to “Bible names – mining for insight”


  1. 1 Anonymous November 1, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Ed, Our children have Hebrew names; Sarah, Elizabeth and Michael. Love the meanings. One time one of our Israeli friends named Gordon Menasseh. The man’s name was Menachem Menachem. I told him I would call him Menasseh Menasseh, so I would not forget who named him. Hope we can find a pastor who appreciates Hebrew as much as you.


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