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Meaning and etymology of the Hebrew name Abarim

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Abarim is the name of a mountain or mountain range in the vicinity of the Plain of Moab, just east of Israel. This mountain is so very special because Moses was given a birds-eye view of the promised land of Israel (Numbers 27:12, Deuteronomy 32:48-52). After he had seen it he was 'gathered to his people,' and he was never to enter what he had seen and towards which he had led the people for forty years of suffering and wars. The reason that Moses could not enter was that he had struck the water-giving rock at Meribah with his rod (as he was told to do before - Exodus 17:6), while he was this time told to speak to it, while holding on to his rod.

The water-giving rock is an open allusion to the Messiah (and the name of Moses' successor Joshua is the Hebrew form of the Greek name Jesus) and striking it comes very close to the way Jesus was treated before his crucifixion. The task of Moses was to verbally surrender the Law of God to humanity, and any show of physical force in this regard is both severely tempting and highly corruptive. Still, Moses, the friend of God and the embodiment of the Torah, was kept in God's ultimate esteem. When he died God Himself buried him in the valley in the land of Moab (Deuteronomy 34:6), close to Mount Abarim. Moses' body was even such a prize that none less than Michael the arch-angel and the Devil entered into a dispute over it (Jude:9).

Abarim Publications
We have chosen the name Abarim Publications because we understand that neither our work, nor what we have seen, nor that we have seen, is salvific. What we do belongs to the wilderness years; no one has ever been reasoned into either the Promised Land, heaven or the New Creation.
But the Law of God is of extreme importance, and the study of it essential, even if it brings us no further than Abarim.

The name Abarim, Abarim, is a plural form of the Hebrew root abar (abar), to pass over, by, through. The first application of this word is in the name Eber (Genesis 10:21; all the sons of Eber). The second application is in the first occurrence of the word ibri, Hebrew in Genesis 14:13, where Abram is called Hebrew. The first case of narrative use of this verb is in the enigmatic cadaver vision of Genesis 15:17, "...there appeared a smoking furnace and a flaming torch that passed between these parts."

Other derivations of the verb abar:
The noun abar (eber) is a very common word that means beyond or across, and is used for all kinds of directions and locations usually in contrast to some other location (1 Samuel 26:13, Nehemiah 2:1);
The verb ebra (ebra) uses the root figuratively and means an overflowing of temper: wrath and rage. Sometimes this ebra stems in man (Amos 1:11 - he maintained his fury forever) and sometimes in God (Psalm 78:49 - He sent on them the heat of his anger, fury and indignation and trouble);
The verb abar (abar) means to be arrogant or infuriate oneself (Proverbs 14:16, 20:2).
abur (abur) means produce. It is used in Joshua 5:11-12 where the Israelites abandon their diet of manna and begin to eat the yield of Canaan.
Identical to the previous word is the preposition abur (abur), meaning because of, for. This word is always preceded by the particle be (be), meaning in or by. HAW Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament explains the relationship with the root as a movement 'from purpose (or cause) to accomplishment (or result).'
maabar (ma'abar) passage, such as the passage through the river Jabbok (Genesis 32:23) or the passing of a striking staff (Isaiah 30:32). Similar is the feminine mabara (ma'bara), passage, wady.

The name Abarim means Regions Beyond (NOBS Study Bible Name List) or Crossings, The Passages (Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names).

The first novel to be published by Abarim Publications is called Cross On Me.



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