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Meaning and etymology of the name Nahash

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The name Nahash occurs in the Bible twice as a personal name, and one time as the name of a city, namely Ir-nahash. The king of Ammon during the early years of Saul is called Nahash (1 Samuel 11:1). The Biblical record doesn't picture him as a very nice guy, but years later David seems to keep him in high regard (2 Samuel 10:2). Curiously enough, around the same time there is Nahash the father of Zeruiah and Abigail, who elsewhere are reckoned daughters of Jesse and sisters of David (1 Chronicles 2:15). See the article on Jesse for a discussion of this conundrum.

The name Nahash is related to the name Phinehas and is identical to the root nhsh (nhsh -1350):
The assumed root nhsh (nhsh) yields derivation nhsh (nahash), meaning serpent, snake (as in Eden).
The verb nhsh (nahash) means learn by experience or by omen. Derivation nhsh (nahash) means divination.
The assumed root nhsh (nhsh) yields nehoshet (nehoshet), copper; nahush (nahush), bronze; and nehusha (nehusha), copper, bronze.
The assumed root nhsh (nhsh) yields derivation nehoshet (nehoshet), lust, harlotry.

The name Nahash is pronounced the same as nahash a, and means Serpent.



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