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Hammoth-dor meaning

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🔼The name Hammoth-dor in the Bible

The name Hammoth-dor occurs only once in the Bible. It's the name of a city that became located in the territory allotted to the tribe of Naphtali, but which was given to the Gershonites to dwell in (Joshua 21:32). Because the territory of Naphtali also contained a town named just Hammath, scholars assume that Hammath and Hammath-dor are the same town. There's no proof for that, though.

🔼Etymology of the name Hammoth-dor

The name Hammoth-dor obviously consists of two elements, and both elements occur as separate names in the Bible. The first part of our name is the same as the name Hammath, and derives from the verb חמם (hamam), meaning to be hot:

The second part of our name is the same as the alternative spelling of the name Dor — the more common spelling is דור — which comes from the verb דור (dur), meaning to dwell or to heap or cluster:

🔼Hammoth-dor meaning

The name Hammoth-dor literally means Cluster Of Hotnesses, and could probably be explained to refer to a cluster of hot springs. For a meaning of the name Hammoth-dor, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Hot Springs Of Dor and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names has the similar Warm Baths Of Dor. BDB Theological Dictionary does not interpret our name.

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