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Misrephoth-maim meaning

משרפות מים
משרפת מים

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🔼The name Misrephoth-maim in the Bible

The name Misrephoth-maim belongs to a place that marked the edge of the battle field on which Israel under Joshua fought against the Canaanite alliance of king Jabin of Hazor (Joshua 11:8, spelled משרפות מים).

The latter had heard about Joshua's victory over the Ammonites (during which the sun and the moon famously stood still at Gibeon and the valley of Aijalon) and rounded up every colleague king he could find to stop the invasion. They camped at the waters of Merom, where Joshua attacked.

The allies fled and Joshua pursued them as far as Great Sidon and Misrephoth-maim, until there was not one allied soldier left standing.

Misrephoth-maim is mentioned once more, when the Lord tells the now aging Joshua how He will drive out the remaining indigenous population of Canaan, including the Sidonians of the hill country, from Lebanon as far as Misrephoth-maim (Joshua 13:6, spelled משרפת מים).

🔼Etymology of the name Misrephoth-maim

The name Misrephoth-maim obviously consists of two elements. The first part of our name is the plural form of the feminine noun משרפה (masrepa), meaning a burning, which comes from the verb שרף (sarap), meaning to burn:

The second part of our name is the word מים (mayim), meaning waters:

🔼Misrephoth-maim meaning

For a meaning of the name Misrephoth-maim, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Burning Of Waters and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names has the similar The Burnings Of Waters. BDB Theological Dictionary does not interpret our name but does list it under the root שרף (sarap).