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Zelzah meaning

צלצח
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🔼The name Zelzah in the Bible

The name Zelzah occurs only once in the Bible. While looking for his father's donkeys, Saul stumbled upon Samuel, who promptly anointed him the first king of Israel. When he was ready to depart, Samuel told him that when he got to Rachel's tomb at Zelzah in the territory of the tribe of Benjamin, two men would tell him that the donkeys were found but that his father was now worried about him (1 Samuel 10:2).

🔼Etymology of the name Zelzah

It's a bit of a mystery where the name Zelzah comes from. The Septuagint didn't even consider Zelzah a name and translated it as a rather inexplicable αλλομενους μεγαλα (allomenous megala), meaning something like Enormous Leap, or Exulting Greatly.

Likewise the Vulgate didn't regard Zelzah as name and translated it as a likewise inexplicable in meridie, meaning In The South.

The origin of the Hebrew name Zelzah is obscure. It's possibly a compound: צל plus צח. The first part, צל, would then derive from the root group צלל (sll):

And the second part of our name may come from the verb צחח (shh), meaning to be dazzling or clear:

🔼Zelzah meaning

For a meaning of the name Zelzah, Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes a rather creative Shade In The Heat Of The Sun. Neither NOBSE Study Bible Name List nor BDB Theological Dictionary offers any suggestion.

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