🔼The name Jarib in the Bible
There are two or three men in the Bible named Jarib:
- In 1 Chronicles 4:24 Jarib is listed as one of the sons of Simeon, but in Numbers 26:12, he is called Jachin.
- The next Jarib is mentioned in Ezra 8:16 as one of a few men who Ezra sends to Iddo at Casiphia, to recruit temple servants.
- Probably because it is assumed that someone who originally enjoys Ezra's highest regard can't possibly do something as thoughtless as to marry a foreign wife, most scholars list the Jarib of the sons of Jeshua, mentioned in Ezra 10:18 as a third Jarib. But he may very well have been the same as Jarib number two.
🔼Etymology of the name Jarib
The name Jarib comes from the root-verb ריב (rib), meaning to contend:
The name Jarib is the root rib pre-fixed with the letter yod, which makes it active: he will rib. Also note the similarity between our name and the noun יריב (yarib), meaning Adversary.
For a meaning of the name Jarib, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads He Contends. Alfred Jones (Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names) states that the verb ריב (rib) may also mean to contend in the sense of debating or pleading and suggests a rather stretched He Will Plead The Cause.