🔼The name Arubboth: Summary
- Lattices, Escape Hatches
- From the verb ארב ('arab), to lie in wait or ambush.
🔼The name Arubboth in the Bible
The name Arubboth (or Aruboth as some translations have it) occurs only once in the Bible. During the reign of king Solomon of Israel, a man named Ben-hesed was Solomon's deputy stationed in Arubboth (1 Kings 4:10).
🔼Etymology of the name Arubboth
The name Arubboth is a common plural of a feminine noun ארבה (aruba), drawn from the root ארב ('arab), meaning to lie in wait or ambush:
The verb ארב ('arab) describes a sudden emergence out of a safe place, mostly in order to execute an attack. Noun ארב ('ereb) refers to a lying in wait. Nouns ארב ('oreb) and ארבה ('orba) mean ambush or trickery, and מארב (ma'arab) describes a place or agent of trickery. Noun ארבה ('aruba) describes an escape hatch or window.
For a meaning of the name Arubboth, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads The Lattices and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes Flood-Gates. BDB Theological Dictionary does not offer an interpretation of our name but does list it under the verb ארב ('arab), meaning to lie in wait or ambush.