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Meaning and etymology of the Hebrew name
Arvad / Arvadite




Arvad Arvad / Arvadite Arvadite



Arvad is the name of a Phoenician city built on an island north of Tyre, on the coast of Syria (Ezekiel 27:8). The people named Arvadites are said to come from Canaan (Genesis 10:18), one of the sons of Ham (Genesis 10:6), who was a son of Noah. It's unclear whether there once was an ancestor named Arvad or that the Arvadites were an ethnically diverse people.

The name Arvad looks like it was derived from the Hebrew verb rud (rud) meaning wander restlessly, or roam. Most of the occurrences of this word in Scripture have to do with the mere conclusion that the speaker is restless and wandering (Genesis 27:40, Hosea 12:1).

NOBS Study Bible Name List translates this name with Wandering. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads Place of Fugitives. BDB Theological Dictionary lists the name but offers no translation.

The problem with this name is that there is a difference in syllables between the name Arvad and the word rud. The letter waw serves in the name Arvad as a consonant and in the word rud as a vowel, and that makes it, in all honesty, an entirely different letter. (The same situation can be found with the double syllabic name David that is supposedly derived from single syllabic the word dud.)

The name Arvad is possibly a foreign word with only a projected meaning in Hebrew. But to any Hebrew audience it probably indeed sounded like Wanderer or Fugitive.

Possible related names are Arad, Arod(i), Ard, Ardon, Aridai, Aridatha and Herod, Herodias and Herodion.






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