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Zophar meaning

צופר
צפר

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🔼The name Zophar in the Bible

There's only one Zophar in the Bible. Zophar the Naamathite is one of the three (and later four) friends who discuss with the unfortunate Job the finer points of righteousness and divine intervention (Job 2:11).

But the Book of Job is obviously more than a fictional debate between five fictional friends. It appears to be a piece of comparative theology, which looks at the five dominant theologies of the Levant during the patriarchal period; Job obviously representing an early form of Yahwism. Which strand of the wisdom tradition Zophar represents is unclear, but possibly one that primarily aimed at peace and prosperity.

Zophar is the last of the three to speak; first Eliphaz the Temanite has a go at Job, and then Bildad the Shuhite. When, after thirty chapters, there's nothing left for the three to say, friend number four, Elihu the Buzite, chimes in (Job 32:2). Zophar's name is spelled צופר in Job 2:11 and צפר everywhere else.

🔼Etymology of the name Zophar

The origin of the name Zophar can be traced back to the root cluster צפר:

🔼Zophar meaning

For a meaning of the name Zophar, both NOBSE Study Bible Name List and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names derive it from the verb צפר (sapar II) and read Chirper (NOBSE) and Chirping, Insolence (Jones).

BDB Theological Dictionary does not offer an interpretation of the name Zophar but does list it under the verb צפר (sapar V). That would possibly give Zophar the meaning of Leaper.