🔼The name Hodesh: Summary
- Newness, New Moon
- From the verb חדש (hadash), to renew.
🔼The name Hodesh in the Bible
The name Hodesh occurs just once in the Bible. She is one of three wives of Shaharaim, a man from Benjamin, who first married and divorced Hushim and Baara, and then moved to Moab and married Hodesh. She bore him Jobab, Zibia, Mesha, Malcam, Jeuz, Sachia and Mirmah (1 Chronicles 8:8-10).
🔼Etymology of the name Hodesh
The name Hodesh comes from the verb חדש (hadash), meaning to renew or repair:
The verb חדש (hadash), means to repair or renew. Adjectives חדש (hadash) and חדשה (hadasha) mean new. Noun חדש (hadash) literally means newness or new thing and is used to indicate the new moon.
The name Hodesh literally means Newness or New Thing (or New One), but is possibly part of a cluster of names that reflect the peoples' tendency to succumb to moon worship.
For a meaning of the name Hodesh, both NOBSE Study Bible Name List and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names read New Moon.