🔼The name Hobah: Summary
- Hiding Place
- From the verb חבה (haba), to hide.
🔼The name Hobah in the Bible
Hobah is a town north of Damascus. During the War of Four Against Five Kings (Genesis 14:9), the victorious Four abduct Abram's nephew Lot. Abram pursues the Tetrad Alliance as far as Hobah, defeats it and rescues Lot. Immediately after his return Abram meets Melchizedek.
🔼Etymology of the name Hobah
The name Hobah probably comes from the verb חבה (haba), meaning to hide:
The verb חבא (haba') means to hide, usually out of fear of death. Nouns מחבא (mahabe') and מחבא (mahabo') mean hiding place.
Verb חבה (haba) is probably a variant spelling of the previous and means the same. Noun חביון (hebyon) means a hiding.
Verb חוב (hub) means to be guilty. Noun חוב (hob) means debt.
NOBSE Study Bible Name List and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names agree: the name Hobah means Hiding Place.