🔼The name Chelub: Summary
- Basket, Bird's Cage
- From the noun כלוב (kelub), basket with fruit or cage with birds.
🔼The name Chelub in the Bible
There are two men with the name Chelub in the Bible:
🔼Etymology of the name Chelub
The name Chelub is identical to the noun כלוב (kelub), meaning basket or cage:
The noun כלב (keleb) means dog, but it's not clear what verb it comes from, and thus, essentially, how a dog was seen. But perhaps this verb spoke of the rise of domesticated dogs: when the most willing among wolves became feral dogs, and the most willing among those entered into human captivity. Another word that may derive from this same mystery verb is the noun כלוב (kelub), which describes a basket with fruit or a cage with birds.
And since the pedigree of these words is missing, one may be forgiven to note a resemblance with the particle כ (ke), meaning 'like' or 'as if,' and the noun לב (leb), meaning heart, understanding or courage (the noun לבי, lebi literally means "heart-having" and described the lion). That way the word כלב (keleb = dog) could, somewhat creatively, be understood to mean 'as if it has a heart' or 'as if it understands.'
Across the ancient world, feral canines were regarded with great disdain. In the eyes of humans, canines' obvious cunning served mostly to sneak into camp in the night and purloin provisions and take off either laughing or loudly complaining. Domesticated dogs were appreciated for their willingness to serve, but their lowly origins and were never forgotten and their obvious lack of refinery served many a metaphor for low functioning humans.
For a meaning of the name Chelub, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Basket, Bird's Cage. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names assumes that baskets are woven together, but also refers to a similar Arabic that means just that, and translates the name Chelub with Binding Together. BDB Theological Dictionary does not interpret this name.