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Gether meaning

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🔼The name Gether in the Bible

The name Gether is assigned only once in the Bible. He is a son of Aram, son of Shem, son of Noah (Genesis 10:23).

🔼Etymology and meaning of the name Gether

The meaning of the name Gether is debated. Jerome suggests that it consists of two elements, the first one being גת (gat), meaning winepress:

The second part of the name Gether, according to Jerome, may come from the verb ראה (ra'a), meaning to see:

Hence Jerome read in Gether the meaning of Winepress Of Vision.

Another possibility is an origin in the verb גור (gur III), meaning to fear:

Note that the letters taw and rosh are reversed in name and verb. This might either be because they have nothing to do with each other, or it could be that the name indeed followed from the verb through a process called metathesis, which is the transposition of sounds or letters in a word. Both NOBSE Study Bible Name List and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names seem taken by this idea: both read Fear for a meaning of the name Gether.

The obvious objection to a resort in metathesis is that (a) any name can be explained to come from any verb that has the same letters, and (b) a name only means something when that meaning is obvious.

A third possibility is that Gether indeed consists of two elements, but that the second element comes from the verb תור (tur), meaning to explore or spy out:

Following this etymology, the meaning of the name Gether would come down to something like Circle Of The Winepress.

BDB Theological Dictionary gives up altogether and declares the meaning unknown.

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