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The name Ur in the Bible

The name Ur occurs twice in the Bible:

  • Most famously is Ur, the city in Babel from whence Abraham's family came (Genesis 11:31).
  • Another Ur is the father of Eliphal, one of king David's mighty-men (1 Chronicles 11:35).

Etymology of the name Ur

The name Ur is identical to the common Hebrew verb אור ('or) meaning to be light or to shine:

Abarim Publications Theological Dictionary

Ur meaning

For a meaning of the name Ur, both NOBSE Study Bible Name List and BDB Theological Dictionary propose Flame. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads Light or Fire.

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