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Meaning and etymology of the Hebrew name Achsah

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There's only one Achsah in the Bible and she is the daughter of the famous Caleb, the friend of Joshua (Joshua 15:16). Right after conquering Hebron, Caleb wants to take Debir as well. He promises his daughter Achsah to whoever takes the town, and Othniel, son of Kenaz takes on the challenge. He succeeds and subsequently marries Achsah. Apparently she came with quite a bit of land as well, called Negev. The Negev is known for its dryness and Achsah asks her father for water. Caleb gives her springs known as the upper and lower springs (Joshua 15:19).

The name Achsah comes from the verb akes (akes), meaning to rattle or shake bangles. As a verb this root occurs only once, in Isaiah 3:16. This verb's parent noun, ekes (ekes), meaning anklet or bangle also occurs just once in the Bible, two verses after the sole occurrence of the verb, in Isaiah 3:18. The name Achsah means Bangle.

For a meaning of the name Achsah, both NOBS Study Bible Name List and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names read Anklet.



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