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Susa meaning

שושן
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🔼The name Susa in the Bible

In the city of Susa (or rather Shushan) the Persian kings had their winter palace. The prophets Daniel (8:2) and Nehemiah (1:1) lived in Susa during the exile, and Esther became queen there (1:2).

🔼Etymology of the name Susa

Shushan, the Hebrew version of what we call Susa, is identical to the Hebrew word שושן (shushan), meaning lily:

🔼Susa meaning

Whether the ancient pronunciation of Susa was really Shusha and the Masoretes had it right, or whether we are wrong about the Masoretes and the difference between שׁ and שׂ was not determined by an absolute difference in pronunciation, nobody can tell for sure. All we can tell is that (despite of what Susa might have meant in its original language) to the Hebrews the name Shushan meant Lily.

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