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Hanoch meaning

חנך
חנוך

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🔼The name Hanoch: Summary

Meaning
Inaugurated, Trained
Etymology
From the root חנך (hnk), to inaugurate or train.

🔼The name Hanoch in the Bible

There are two Hanochs mentioned in the Bible:

  • A son of Midian, who is a son of Abraham with Keturah (Genesis 25:4).
  • A son of Reuben, the first born son of Jacob and Leah (Genesis 46:9). This Hanoch (חנוך) would become the patriarch of the חנכי, the Hanochites (Numbers 26:5).

🔼Etymology of the name Hanoch

The name Hanoch comes from the root חנך (hnk):

Excerpted from: Abarim Publications' Biblical Dictionary
חנך

The root חנך (hnk) deals with the beginning of discernment, which is the beginning of wisdom: discernment via taste, which is the first discernment and thus mode of wisdom a baby learns (hence the many Biblical metaphors that equate wisdom with food or milk).

The noun חך (hek) means mouth as the seat of taste (the more common word for mouth, namely פה, peh, emphasizes the mouth as orifice). From the noun חך (hek) comes the verb חנך (hanak), to "mouth," i.e. to inaugurate, train or dedicate. Likewise, adjective חניך (hanik) means trained or experienced. Noun חנכה (hanukka) means dedication.

Noun חכה (hakka) describes a fishing hook, or a hook that grabs a prey's jaw, or rather a prey's sense of taste. Perhaps accidentally similar, but perhaps not, the verb חכה (haka) means to wait or await for, and particularly to wait for sustenance. Often this verb's object is the Creator, or the sustaining insight in the Laws of the Creator.

🔼Hanoch meaning

The name Hanoch is closely similar to Enoch, and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names doesn't even treat Hanoch as a separate name. Jones proposes Initiated for Enoch. NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Dedicated for both Enoch and Hanoch.