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Shephi meaning

שפי

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🔼The name Shephi in the Bible

The name Shephi occurs only once in the Bible, although the person named such is mentioned once again as Shepho (שפו).

The Chronicler mentions Shephi as one of the sons of Shobal, who was a son of Seir (1 Chronicles 1:40). The same list of names occurs in Genesis 36:23, where this son of Shobal is called Shepho.

A similar alternation occurs with the name of Shephi's brother Alvan/Alian.

🔼Etymology of the name Shephi

The name Shephi is identical to (and Shepho is derived from) the noun שפי (shepi), which probably denoted the conspicuousness of a beacon or the glow of a centralizing fire, from the verb שׁפה (shapa I):

🔼Shephi meaning

For a meaning of the name Shephi, Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads High and explains this with "i.e. eminent, illustrious". BDB Theological Dictionary does not offer an interpretation of our name but does list it under the verb שׁפה (shapa I).

Here at Abarim Publications, we would suggest that the name Shephi commemorates the attractiveness of a fire or beacon glowing invitatory in the dark distance, and translate this name as Conspicuous Glowing.