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Arkite in Biblical Hebrew
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The name Arkite in the Bible

The Arkites are descendants of Canaan, who is a son of Ham, son of Noah (Genesis 10:17).

Etymology of the name Arkite

The ethnonym Arkite probably comes from the Hebrew verb ערק (araq), probably meaning gnaw:

Abarim Publications Theological Dictionary

Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names derives the name Arkite from the above mentioned root ערק as well, but shares insight with Klein and boldly adds the meaning of to flee. BDB Theological Dictionary treats the same root but lists no connection to fleeing.

Arkite meaning

To a Hebrew audience, the name Arkite would doubtlessly have meant Gnawers.

For a meaning of the name Arkite, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Belonging To Arka, but does not explain who Arka is. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads Fugitive.

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