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Sirah meaning

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🔼The name Sirah in the Bible

The name Sirah — or more complete: בור הסרה or Bor-hasirah — occurs only once in the Bible. It's a place of unknown location, within a day's journey from Hebron, where David had his head-quarters before moving it to Jerusalem.

When the departed king Saul's general Abner became disgruntled over a remark that Ish-bosheth had made concerning a woman named Rizpah, Abner deflected to king David (2 Samuel 3:12). David's general Joab, however, didn't approve of this, and after Abner and company had met with David in Hebron, and had afterwards gone home, Joab sent messengers asking him to return. The messengers apparently caught up with Abner at the Well of Sirah, from whence they brought him back (3:26).

In Hebron Joab took Abner aside under the ruse of having something to discuss with him, and stabbed him to death in the gate of Hebron (3:27).

🔼Etymology of the name Sirah

The Bor-part of the name Bor-sirah (as some translations have it) is the regular noun בור (bor; see the name Bor-ashan), meaning cistern or well, which most translations simply translate and don't incorporate in the proper name.

The name Sirah is the same as the noun סרה (sara), meaning rebellion or infraction:

BDB Theological Dictionary, however, decrees that our name has not to do with the identical word סרה (sara), but rather with the slightly different noun סיר (sir I), meaning pot:

🔼Sirah meaning

For a meaning of the name Sirah, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Turning Aside. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names strangely forgoes discussing this name. BDB Theological Dictionary lists our name both under בור (bor), meaning well, and under סרה (sara), meaning rebellion, but declares nevertheless and with unsubstantiated certainty that the name Sirah probably comes from the noun סיר (sir), meaning pot.

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