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Hazar-hatticon meaning

חצר התיכון
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🔼The name Hazar-hatticon in the Bible

The name Hazar-hatticon occurs only once in the Bible. It's the name of a settlement which was situated close to Hauran, and which helped to mark the northern border of the restored Israel, as stipulated by YHWH and dictated to Ezekiel in a vision (Ezekiel 47:16).

🔼Etymology of the name Hazar-hatticon

The name Hazar-hatticon consists of two or three elements. The first part is the same as the noun חצר (haser), meaning village:

The second part of our name starts with the letter ה (he), which is either the definite article, or else the particle of direction, meaning "towards" or ascription, "of the".

The core of the second part of our name comes from the adjective תיכון (tikon), meaning middle:

🔼Hazar-hatticon meaning

For a meaning of the name Hazar-hatticon, both NOBSE Study Bible Name List and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names read The Middle Village. BDB Theological Dictionary does not interpret Hazar-hatticon but does list it under the noun חצר (haser).

Our name could be construed to mean Middle Village, assuming it was situated in the middle of a bunch more, but it's also perfectly possible that this place was named after the very principle of middleness, and that this name reflected creation's inherent provision of being able to have something in the middle.

After all, the existence of middleness was essential on the second creation day, when the waters were divided by the firmament in the middle (Genesis 1:6), as well as in the great cadaver vision through which YHWH demonstrated His covenant with Abraham, which resulted in the emergence of Israel and finally Jesus Christ (Genesis 15:10), as well as in His ability to be present in Israel (Exodus 25:8).

Ergo, the name Hazar-hatticon also means Around The Middle.

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