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Zuriel meaning

צוריאל

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🔼The name Zuriel in the Bible

The name Zuriel occurs only once in the Bible. Zuriel is a son of Abihail, and the leader of the Levitical sub-tribe of the Merarites at the time of the first census of Israel (Numbers 3:35).

🔼Etymology of the name Zuriel

The name Zuriel consists of two (or rather three) elements, the final one being אל (El), the prominent Canaanite deity, whose name became applied to the God of Israel, or the common abbreviation of Elohim, the genus God:

The first part of our name could be any of the following, but is commonly understood to be the noun צור (sur), meaning rock, from the root צור (swr V):

The letter י (yod) that sits in between the two other elements of our name, creates a possessive form out of the word צור (sur), meaning either my rock, or rock of.

🔼Zuriel meaning

For a meaning of the name Zuriel, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads God Is A Rock. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes Rock Of God. And BDB Theological Dictionary has My Rock Is El.