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Meaning and etymology of the name Rehoboth-Ir

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The name Rehoboth occurs twice in the Bible. In Genesis 26:22 Isaac names a well Rehoboth and he says, "At last the Lord has made room for us...". Rehoboth-Ir is a city in Assyria, built by Nimrod:

"The beginning of his kingdom was Babel and Erech and Accad and Calneh, in the land of Shinar. From that land he went forth into Assyria, and built Nineveh and Rehoboth-Ir and Calah, and Resen between Nineveh and Calah; that is the great city." - Genesis 10:10-12

The name Rehoboth comes from the verb rahab (rahab), to be wide. Derivatives rahab (rahab a, b, c) mean breadth, broad expanse, wide. Judging from the context, the name of the well Rehoboth means something like Space or Room.

The name Rehoboth-Ir consists of the name Rehoboth plus the word ir( 'ir), the regular word for city.

The name Rehoboth-Ir means City Of Room, or Big City. NOBS Study Bible Name List translates this name with Broad Places, Streets. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads Streets, Wide Spaces.

Other names from this same verb are Rahab, Rehob, Rehabiah and Rehoboam.



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