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Meaning and etymology of the name Ahira

Ahira Ahira

The only Ahira mentioned in the Bible is a son of Enan and head of the tribe of Naphtali at the time of the first census of Israel (Numbers 1:15).

The name Ahira consists of two elements. The first part comes from the word ah (ah), meaning brother or figuratively friend or close associate. The letter yod makes it possessive: my brother, or brother of.

The second part of our name comes from the particle ra (ra), which may mean any of the following:

By the way the Masoretes recorded this name to be pronounced, and also by how the Septuagint and Vulgate transliterate this name, scholars assume that Ahira has to do with ra (ra) meaning evil. Hence, for a meaning of the name Ahira, BDB Theological Dictionary and NOBS Study Bible Name List both read My Brother Is Evil. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes the slightly different Brother Of Evil. But judging purely from its spelling, Ahira may very well be interpreted as Brother Of A Friend or Brother Of Purpose.

Other names that make use of the particle raa are: Bera, Ruth, Reu and Reuel.



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