🔼The name Eshban in the Bible
🔼Etymology and meaning of the name Eshban
The etymology and origin of the name Eshban is unclear, or "dubious" even according to BDB Theological Dictionary, which doesn't try to translate or interpret our name. Alfred Jones (Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names) is slightly more daring and notes kinship with an Arabic name or phrase, which means Very Red (and remember that Esau's other name, Edom, means "Red"). NOBSE Study Bible Name List draws from unknown sources and declares our name to mean Wise Man in some undisclosed language.
To a Hebrew audience, however, our name looks strikingly like a combination of two obvious elements. The first part of our name looks like the noun אש ('esh), meaning fire:
The second part of our name looks like the familiar noun בן (ben), meaning son:
All together, the name Eshban looks like Fire Son or Son Of Fire in Hebrew.