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The name Ahira in the Bible

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).

Etymology of the name Ahira

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

Abarim Publications Theological Dictionary

The second part of our name comes from the particle רע (ra), which comes from the root group רעה and רעע:

Abarim Publications Theological Dictionary

Ahira meaning

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 רע (ra) meaning evil. Hence, for a meaning of the name Ahira, BDB Theological Dictionary and NOBSE 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.

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