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Havvoth-jair meaning

חות יאיר

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🔼The name Havvoth-jair in the Bible

There's only one Havvoth-jair in the Bible. It's the name that the judge Jair, son of Manasseh, gave to a cluster of villages in the vicinity of Gilead, after he conquered them (Numbers 32:41). The book of Deuteronomy tells the same story but pin-points the area that Jair conquered and named after himself: the region of Argob, also known as Bashan, as far as the border of the Geshurites and the Maacathites (Deuteronomy 3:14).

The phrase חות יאיר also occurs in Joshua 13:30, 1 Kings 4:13, but following the context, all the major translations of the Bible read here "the villages of Jair". In Judges 10:4 we read about Jair's thirty sons who rode thirty donkeys and ruled the thirty cities that are called חות יאיר to this day. Most translation print Havvoth-jair here but Darby has "the villages of Jair". In 1 Chronicles 2:23 Geshur and Aram conquer חות יאיר, which NIV and JSP transliterate as Havvoth-jair, but which NAS, KJV, ASV, Darby and Young translate as "the villages of Jair" or something like that.

🔼Etymology of the name Havvoth-jair

The name Havvoth-jair obviously consists of two elements. The first part of our name is a plural form of the noun חוה (hawwa), meaning tent-village:

The second part of our name is the same as the name Jair, which comes from the verb אור ('or), meaning to shine:

🔼Havvoth-jair meaning

For a meaning of the name Havvoth-jair, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Tent Villages Of Jair. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names also translates the jair-part and reads Villages Of The Enlightener. BDB Theological Dictionary does not interpret our name but does list it under the noun חוה (hawwa), meaning tent-village.