🔼The name Hazar-shual in the Bible
There is only one village named Hazar-shual in the Bible. This village was situated in the south of the territory of Judah, close to the border with Edom (Joshua 15:28). When the landless tribe of Simeon had to be housed in Judah, several towns of Judah were given to Simeon, and Hazar-shual was one of them (Joshua 19:3, 1 Chronicles 4:28). After the return from the Babylonian exile, Hazar-shual was repeopled by families from Judah (Nehemiah 11:27).
🔼Etymology of the name Hazar-shual
The name Hazar-shual obviously consists of two elements. The first part is the noun חצר (haser), meaning village:
The second part of our name is the same as the noun שועל (shu'al), meaning fox or jackal:
For a meaning of the name Hazar-shual, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Fox Village, and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names has Village Of The Fox. BDB Theological Dictionary does not interpret Hazar-shual but does list it under the noun חצר (haser).