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Shuppim meaning

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🔼The name Shuppim in the Bible

There are two men named Shuppim mentioned in the Bible:

  • A son of Ir of Benjamin and brother of Huppim (1 Chronicles 7:12, spelled שפם, like the name Shapham). It appears that these two sons of Ir were provided with a wife by Machir of Manasseh (1 Chronicles 7:14, now spelled שפים).
  • One of the gatekeeping Levites in the time of David (1 Chronicles 26:16, also spelled שפים). This man was teamed up with Hosah to guard the west, near the gate of Shallecheth.

🔼Etymology of the name Shuppim

The name Shuppim is probably either an alternate spelling or a garbled plural form of the noun שפיפן (shepipon), which denotes a kind of serpent. This noun comes from the unused root שפף (spp):

🔼Shuppim meaning

For a meaning of the name Shuppim, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads the singular Serpent and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names suggests a plural Serpents. BDB Theological Dictionary does not interpret our name but does list it under the root שפף (spp).

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