🔼The name Kore in the Bible
There are three men named Kore in the Bible, and all are Levites. The names of the first two Kores are spelled קורא and that of the final one is spelled קרא:
- The father of Shallum, who is mentioned among the Levites who returned from the Babylonian exile, and who was the overseer of the tabernacle service prior to the repair of the temple of YHWH in Jerusalem (1 Chronicles 9:19).
- A descendant of Asaph and father of Meshelemiah, who was a gatekeeper of the tabernacle in the days of king David (1 Chronicles 26:1).
- A son of Imnah, who was the keeper of the eastern gate of the temple of YHWH in Jerusalem. He was also in charge of the temple offerings and their distribution among the Levites (2 Chronicles 31:14).
🔼Etymology of the name Kore
The name Kore appears to be identical to the noun קרא (qore'), meaning partridge, from the verb קרא I (qara' I) meaning to call or proclaim:
For a meaning of the name Kore, both NOBSE Study Bible Name List and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names read Partridge. But since a partridge was literally known as a "caller," it's probably more likely that a Hebrew audience would recognize the name Kore with a meaning of Caller or Proclaimer.
BDB Theological Dictionary does not translate the name Kore but does list it under the קרא I (qara' I) meaning to call and confirms that it's identical to the noun קרא (qore'), meaning partridge.