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Meaning and etymology of the name Erech

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The name Erech is assigned only once in the Bible, to one of the cities from which Nimrod's kingdom extended:

"The beginning of his kingdom was Babel and Erech and Accad and Calneh, in the land of Shinar. From that land he went forth into Assyria, and built Nineveh and Rehoboth-Ir and Calah, and Resen between Nineveh and Calah; that is the great city." - Genesis 10:10-12

The name Erech comes from the Hebrew verb Erech (arak) meaning to be long, to prolong (Genesis 26:8, Ezekiel 12:22). The derivative Erech (orek) means length and long (Genesis 6:15, Zechariah 2:2). The verb is most often used in the formula, "...that [] you may prolong your days in the land." (Exodus 20:12, Deuteronomy 4:26)

The name Erech means Length (Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names) or Size (NOBS Study Bible Name List).



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