The name Succoth in the Bible
There are two places called Succoth in the Bible:
- The place where Jacob settled after his bout with the Angel of YHWH: "And Jacob journeyed to Succoth, and built for himself a house, and made booths for his livestock. Therefore the place is named Succoth" (Genesis 33:17). Some have noted that this may indicate the point in time when people began to build stables for their cattle, but the meaning of the name of Jacob's mother Rebekah may already hint at that.
- Israel's first camp out of Egypt (Exodus 12:37).
Etymology of the name Succoth
The name Succoth comes from the root verb סכך (sakak), meaning to cover or to weave:
For a meaning of the name Succoth, both Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names and NOBSE Study Bible Name List read Booths.