🔼The name Hur in the Bible
There are three men named Hur in the Bible:
- The most famous Hur is the grandfather of Bezalel, and a son of Caleb and Ephrath of Judah (1 Chronicles 2:19-20, 4:1, 4:4). This Hur also helps Aaron hold the hands of Moses up during Israel's battle with Amalek at Rephidim (Exodus 17:12). When Moses goes up the mountain to meet God, he leaves the seventy behind and leaves the people in charge of Aaron and Hur (Exodus 24:14).
- An unfortunate chief of Midian who was struck by Moses along with others (Joshua 13:21)
- The father of Rephaiah who is in charge of repairs to half of the district of Jerusalem during the period of post-exilic restoration (Nehemiah 3:9).
🔼Etymology of the name Hur
It's not clear what the name Hur is supposed to mean, and it's perfectly conceivable that the different names Hur meant different things to the original name givers. It seems plausible that it comes from the root חרר (harar):
The name Hur may mean One Of The Burnings/ Nobles/ Holes/ Whites. For a meaning of the name Hur, Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes Cavern. BDB Theological Dictionary says to have no clue, and NOBSE Study Bible Name List either takes the name Hur from another language, or bends the meaning of Noble or Freeman into Splendor.