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Emek-keziz meaning

עמק קציץ

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🔼The name Emek-keziz in the Bible

The name Emek-keziz (or simply Keziz as the King James and the Young Translation have) occurs only once in the Bible. It's the name of one of the cities of Benjamin (Joshua 18:21).

🔼Etymology of the name Emek-keziz

The name Emek-keziz consists of two elements. The first part is the noun עמק ('emeq), meaning valley (which prompts some interpreters to translate it and not consider it part of the name):

The second part of our name comes from the root קצץ (qasas), meaning to cut off:

🔼Emek-keziz meaning

For a meaning of the name Emek-keziz, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads a rather incomplete Cut Off. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes Vale Of Cuttings Off. BDB Theological Dictionary lists the keziz-part under the root קצץ (qasas) but adds a question mark to state that the formal etymology is unclear. A Hebrew audience would have not bothered with formalities and readily linked it to the meaning of cutting off.