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Zina meaning

זינא
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🔼The name Zina in the Bible

The name Zina occurs only once in the Bible, but it's a bit of a mystery why. In 1 Chronicles 23:10 we are told that Shimei the Gershonite had four sons, among whom Zina (זינא). But in the next verse, this man is called Zizah (זיזה). And to make the confusion complete: in the verse prior, we learn that Shimei had not four but three sons, and their names are nowhere near similar to the four listed in the next verse.

There are basically two ways to explain all these discrepancies: (1) either the Chronicler had no idea what he was doing, but somehow managed to write a world hit, or (2) we moderns have no idea what the Chronicler is up to, but the ancients did, and that's why this Book wasn't discarded for junk but rather venerated like the Word of God. Here at Abarim Publications, we opt for the latter, and although we too are clueless about the meaning of all this, we're pretty sure that when Scripture Theory becomes a serious science, there will be answers.

🔼Etymology of the name Zina

The name Zina is obviously a commentatorial amendment of the name Zizah, which means Abundance or Moving Around. It appears, quite tellingly, to hail from or refer to the verb זנה (zanah), meaning to be a harlot or to move around for sustenance:

🔼Zina meaning

The meaning of the artificial name Zina should probably be sought in its conjunction with the proper name Zizah. If Zizah means Shifty (as in moving around), then Zina means Shifty (as in moving around mentally). If Zizah means Abundance, then Zina means Over-Indulgence. If Zizah means Not Tied Down, then Zina means Unstable.

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