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Chebar meaning

כבר

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🔼The name Chebar in the Bible

The name Chebar (or Kebar, as some translations have it) belongs to a river in Babylon and is mentioned in the Bible only by the prophet Ezekiel, although the Habor, as mentioned in Kings and Chronicles, may be the same as Ezekiel's Chebar). Some have suggested that the Biblical Chebar is the same as the Khabur River, a tributary to the Euphrates.

Ezekiel's famous visions of the Cherubim-throne came to him while he was in the land of the Chaldeans, among the exiles by the river Chebar (Ezekiel 1:1, 1:3, 3:23, 10:15, 10:20, 10:22, 43:3). The Spirit of YHWH appears to have physically removed him (3:14), and after his first vision, Ezekiel returned to the exiles by the Chebar (3:15).

🔼Etymology of the name Chebar

The name Chebar comes from the verb כבר (kabar), meaning to be great, and was pointed by the Masoretes to be identical to the adverb כבר (kebar), meaning already:

🔼Chebar meaning

For a meaning of the name Chebar, NOBSE Study Bible Name List appears to stick to the meaning of to intertwine for our verb and translates our name with Joining (apparently taking it to be the Euphrates' tributary). Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes Abundant or Vehement. BDB Theological Dictionary does not offer an interpretation of our name but does list it under כבר I (kabar I) and not the assumed כבר II (kabar II), suggesting that our river was named after its greatness.