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Sabtah meaning

סבתה
סבתא

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🔼The name Sabtah in the Bible

Sabtah is a son of Cush, son of Ham, son of Noah. In Genesis 10:7 his name is spelled as סבתה but in 1 Chronicles 1:9 it's spelled סבתא, which appears to be an Aramaic spelling.

🔼Etymology and meaning of the name Sabtah

The etymology of the name Sabtah and that of his brother Sabteca is unclear. Both names start out with סבת, which does not occur in Hebrew. Neither BDB Theological Dictionary nor NOBSE Study Bible Name List attempt to interpret these names but Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes relations with an Arabic verb, which transliterated into Hebrew would form סבת and which means to beat or to break. Jones proceeds by making a giant leap of reasoning and states that this name means Breaking Through, and adds: i.e. a terror to foes.

But perhaps a Hebrew audience that wasn't aware of Arabic roots, would have associated our name Sabtah with the Hebrew root סבב (sabab), meaning to turn or go around, encircle:

The name's final תה (taw-he) may be the result of grammatical doings; a plural in turn made feminine, without changing the verbal charge of the word.

The truth is that the name Sabtah doesn't mean anything in Hebrew. But anyone creative enough might recognize a meaning of Encirclement.