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Shaveh meaning

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🔼The name Shaveh in the Bible

It's not wholly clear whether Shaveh is a Biblical name or not, although from ancient times the various translations in general seem to think so. Among the exceptions is the Lutheran translation of 1545, which uses the German "Felt" (= field).

The name or word Shaveh occurs in Genesis 14:17, where Abraham meets Melchizedek in either a field or else a place named Shaveh. The text reads: "in the valley [of] shaveh, which is the valley (same word) [of] the king".

Translations tend to choose to see Shaveh as a name also because it would correspond with the name Shaveh-kiriathaim, which occurs in Genesis 14:5, and which Luther translates with "[in dem] Felde Kiriathaim".

🔼Etymology of the name Shaveh

It is assumed that the name Shaveh comes from the verb שוה I (shawa I), meaning to be like or agree with. Its derived noun may indeed describe a level plain:

🔼Shaveh meaning

For a meaning of the name Shaveh, both NOBSE Study Bible Name List and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names read Plain. BDB Theological Dictionary does not interpret our name but does list it under the verb שוה I (shawa I).

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