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Zurishaddai meaning

צורישדי
צורי־שדי
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🔼The name Zurishaddai in the Bible

There's only one man named Zurishaddai in the Bible. He was the father of Shelumiel, who was the leader of the tribe of Simeon at the time of the first census of Israel (Numbers 1:6).

Shelumiel, son of Zurishaddai positioned his tribe on the south side of the tabernacle (Numbers 2:12), he offered on the fifth day of the tabernacle's initiation ceremony (Numbers 7:36), and captained his tribe when Israel was on the move (Numbers 10:19).

Our name is spelled with a maqqep in Numbers 2:12 (צורי־שדי), without one in Numbers 10:19 (צורי שדי), and as one word in Numbers 1:6, 7:36 and 7:41 (צורישדי).

🔼Etymology of the name Zurishaddai

The name Zurishaddai consists of two (or three) elements. The first part of our name is probably the noun צור (sur), meaning rock, from the root צור (swr V):

The second part of the name Zurishaddai is the divine name Shaddai. This name is usually translated with Almighty, but that's very difficult to defend. See our article on the name Shaddai for more details.

The letter י (yod), which ties the two other elements of our name together, forms a possessive form from the word צור (sur), and creates a meaning of either my rock, or rock of.

🔼Zurishaddai meaning

For a meaning of the name Zurishaddai, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads The Almighty Is A Rock. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes Rock Of The Almighty. BDB Theological Dictionary has My Rock Is Shaddai.

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