🔼The name Zibeon in the Bible
Most commentators will state that there is one man named Zibeon in the Bible, but here at Abarim Publications, we believe that there were two. See for a discussion of this problem our article on the name Horite:
- Zibeon the Horite, son of Seir the Horite and father of Anah, and grandfather of Miss Oholibamah; all Horites (Genesis 36:24-25). Seir the Horite supplied the world with the last of the Horite chiefs.
- Zibeon the Hivite, father of Anah, and grandfather of Miss Oholibamah; all Hivites (Genesis 36:2). Oholibamah the Hivite became the wife of Esau, the brother of Jacob, and the mother of Jeush, Jalam and Korah.
🔼Etymology of the name Zibeon
The name Zibeon comes from the root cluster צבע:
Our name is constructed from a noun צבע extended with the ון couple that personifies or localizes its root meaning.
For a meaning of the name Zibeon, both NOBSE Study Bible Name List and BDB Theological Dictionary read Hyena. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes Versicolor, Variegated.