🔼The name Azzur: Summary
- Helpful, Helper
- From the verb עזר (azar), to help or support.
🔼The name Azzur in the Bible
There are three men named Azzur in the Bible, and one whose Greek name derives from it:
- There's one among the Levitical signers of the Ezraic covenant (Nehemiah 10:17).
- Another is the father of Hananiah, a false prophet who proclaims his own ideas and pretends they came from God. This man dies because of that (Jeremiah 28:1).
- And the third is the father of Jaazaniah, who Ezekiel sees in a vision (Ezekiel 11:1, spelled עזר).
- In the genealogy of Christ, the evangelist Matthew lists a man named Azor (Matthew 1:13-14), and spells his name Αζωρ, which is a transliteration of Azzur.
🔼Etymology of the name Azzur
The name Azzur is a derivation from the verb עזר (azar), meaning to help or support:
The verb עזר ('azar), means to help or support, and is often used in military contexts, or to describe God's proverbial help. The nouns עזר ('azar) and עזרה ('ezra) both mean help. A much rarer but identically spelled noun עזרה ('azara) means enclosure and comes probably from an other root.
For a meaning of the name Azzur, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Helpful and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes Helper.