🔼The name Arza: Summary
- From the noun ארץ ('eres), earth.
🔼The name Arza in the Bible
The name Arza occurs only once in the Bible. It belonged to the chief of staff of king Elah of Israel, in whose house the latter was drinking when he was assassinated by Zimri, one of his military commanders (1 Kings 16:9).
Zimri usurped the throne and proceeded to kill the whole household of Elah (16:11). It's not told whether Arza was just working for the family of Elah or whether he was part of it, but Zimri also killed Elah's friends and the chances are excellent that Arza was murdered along with Elah's kin.
🔼Etymology of the name Arza
The name Arza comes from the noun ארץ ('eres), meaning earth:
The noun ארץ ('eres) means earth and may refer to planet earth, a certain land or territory, and even one's nominal reasoning: the "footing" of one's thought in the naming of things according to a broad cultural convention (one's language).
For a meaning of the name Arza, both NOBSE Study Bible Name List and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names read Earth. BDB Theological Dictionary does not offer an interpretation of this name.