🔼The name Peresh in the Bible
🔼Etymology of the name Peresh
The name Peresh is spelled the same as the root group פרש, and by the Medieval Masoretes pointed the same as the noun פרש (peresh), meaning dung or belly-content:
For a meaning of the name Peresh, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Dung and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes Excrement. BDB Theological Dictionary does not interpret our name but does confirm that it is identical to the noun פרש (peresh).
Note that our name doesn't specifically refer to fecal matter but rather more generally to Belly Content, and brings to mind the mass of slithering intestines that emerges when an animal is slaughtered and disemboweled.
Peresh's brother is named Sheresh, which appears to mean To Uproot, and these two names reflect the same archetypal duality as do the characters of Cain and Abel: the farmer and the shepherd. Our names Peresh and Sheresh reflect the first acts of the process of food preparation: the gutting of an animal and the uprooting of a plant.