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Kibroth-hattaavah meaning

קברות התאוה
קברת התאוה

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🔼The name Kibroth-hattaavah in the Bible

There's only one place called Kibroth-hattaavah in the Bible. It's the place where Israel was struck by a plague from YHWH as a result of their grumbling. This was right after they received the quails (Numbers 11:34). Before Israel crossed the Jordan into Canaan, Moses recounted the highlights of their journey, and remembered that they had provoked the Lord to anger at Kibroth-hattaavah (Deuteronomy 9:22).

Our name is spelled קברות התאוה in Numbers 11:34-35, and קברת התאוה in Numbers 33:16-17 and Deuteronomy 9:22.

🔼Etymology of the name Kibroth-hattaavah

The name Kibroth-hattaavah consists of two elements. The first part is a plural form of the noun קבר (qeber), meaning grave, taken from the verb קבר (qabar), meaning to bury:

The second part of our name is the word תאוה (ta'awa), meaning desire, from the verb אוה ('wh II), meaning to desire:

Right before the noun תאוה (ta'awa), sits the definite article ה (he), meaning the, or rather those of, because in Hebrew the use of the definite article is rare and demands a certain degree of emphasis.

🔼Kibroth-hattaavah meaning

For a meaning of the name Kibroth-hattaavah, NOBSE Study Bible Name List has Graves Of Lust. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names also proposes Graves Of Lust, and adds for badly needed clarity "i.e. graves of the people who lusted". BDB Theological Dictionary has the slightly less enthusiastic and probably slightly more correct The Graves Of Desire.