🔼The name Shiphtan in the Bible
🔼Etymology of the name Shiphtan
The name Shiphtan comes from the verb שפט (shapat) meaning to judge or govern:
The letter ן (nun) upon which our name ends is probably a remnant of the waw-nun couple that localizes or personifies a root. But the venerable Alfred Jones (Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names) submits that this nun may in fact create an intensive form or the verb.
NOBSE Study Bible Name List and BDB Theological Dictionary appear to find the final nun to be a localizer/personifier. Hence for a meaning of the name Shiphtan, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Judicial and BDB proposes Judgment. Alfred Jones (Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names) who believes we're dealing with an intensive, translates our name with Most Just Judge.