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Chisloth-tabor meaning

כסלת תבר
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🔼The name Chisloth-tabor in the Bible

The name Chisloth-tabor occurs only once in the Bible. It's the name of a city that marked the boundaries of the territory of the tribe of Zebulun (Joshua 19:12).

This town was probably situated at the foot of mount Tabor, and mount Tabor sat between the territories of Zebulun and Issachar (Joshua 19:22).

Some scholars insist that Chisloth-tabor of Zebulun is the same as Chesulloth of Issachar (Joshua 19:18), but it seems more likely that there were two towns with similar names.

🔼Etymology of the name Chisloth-tabor

The name Chisloth-tabor obviously consists of two elements. The first element of our name comes from the root-verb כסל:

The second part of our name is the same as Tabor, but it's not clear where that name comes from. Some scholars believe it comes from the verb ברר (barar), meaning to purge, purify or clean:

🔼Chisloth-tabor meaning

It's not clear what kind of impression the name Chisloth-tabor would leave behind on a Hebrew audience; The Folly Of Declaiming? or Purifying Trust?

For a meaning of the name Chisloth-tabor, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads The Flanks Of Tabor, Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names suggests Confidence Of Tabor and BDB Theological Dictionary proposes Loins or Flanks Of Tabor

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