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Zeri meaning

צרי
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🔼The name Zeri in the Bible

There's only one Zeri in the Bible. He is one of the six musical sons of the famous poet Jeduthun, who played harp in the temple in service of king David and under the directions of their father (1 Chronicles 25:3).

Note that in 1 Chronicles 25:11 this Zeri is called יצרי (Izri), and also note that the name Zeri is spelled the same as the ethnonym Zurite (which is someone from Zur, also known as Tyre).

🔼Etymology of the name Zeri

The name Zeri comes from any of the below:

The letter י (yod) upon which our name ends, may either create an adjective (rocky), a possessive form (my form), or may be a remnant of יה (Yah) = יהו (Yahu) = יו (Yu), which in turn are abbreviated forms of the Tetragrammaton יהוה, YHWH, or Yahweh.

🔼Zeri meaning

NOBSE Study Bible Name List doesn't treat Zeri separately but reads Fashioner for Izri, which is probably a better translation of the name Zeri.

Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names also doesn't treat Zeri separately, and lists it as a variant spelling of the name Jezer, for which Jones reads Frame, Form.

BDB Theological Dictionary doesn't translate this name and lists it under the verb צרה (srh), and particularly, the noun צרי (sari), denoting a costly Balsam.

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