🔼The name Heleph: Summary
- Change, Exchange
- From the verb חלף (halap), to traverse, exchange or renew.
🔼The name Heleph in the Bible
The name Heleph occurs only once in the Bible. It belongs to a town on the (what seems) northern border of the territory allotted to the tribe of Naphtali, in the northern tip of Israel (Joshua 19:33).
🔼Etymology of the name Heleph
The name Heleph is identical to the noun חלף (helep), meaning change or exchange:
The verb חלף (halap) describes a swift transition: a hurried traversal or change or renewal. Nouns חלף (helep) and חליפה (halipa) mean change or exchange. Noun חלוף (halop) denotes someone or something that passes through or by. Noun מחלף (mahalap) refers to a kind of utensil. Its feminine equivalent, מחלפה (mahalapa), denotes a hair-related item (like a comb?).
For a meaning of the name Heleph, NOBSE Study Bible Name List has a hardly defendable Strong. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads Exchange. BDB Theological Dictionary does not interpret this name but does submit that it is identical to the noun חלף (helep).