🔼The name Ashhur: Summary
- Shiny Blackness
- From the verb שחר (shahar), to be black but shiny, or ignorant but inquisitive.
🔼The name Ashhur in the Bible
There's only one man named Ashhur (which shouldn't be confused with the name Asshur; אשור) in the Bible. He is the "father" (meaning the leader) of the town of Tekoa and a son of Hezron and Abijah of Judah (1 Chronicles 2:24). The two wives of Ashhur are named Helah and Naarah (1 Chronicles 4:5).
🔼Etymology of the name Ashhur
The name Ashhur comes from the verb שחר (shahar), to be black but shiny:
The verb שחר (shahar) means to be glossy, shiny black (not mat black); it often describes shiny black hair. The adjective שחר (shahor) means black, and adjective שחרחר (sheharhor) means blackish. Nouns שחור (shehor) and שחרות (shaharut) means blackness.
That our verb most probably emphasized inherent or even inner glow rather than a mere dark hue is made evident by the noun שחר (shahar), which means dawn. The denominative verb שחר (shahar) describes a diligent searching, which suggests that within the darkness of ignorance, the desire to search is the dawn.
It also demonstrates that this word for "dawn" had a symbolic meaning as strong as that of the words for light and enlightenment. Ultimately our verb means to be black but shiny, or ignorant but inquisitive.
For a meaning of the name Ashhur, both NOBSE Study Bible Name List and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names read Blackness. BDB Theological Dictionary does not translate this name but does list it under שחר (shahar).