🔼The name Kehelathah: Summary
- Assembly, Towards The Place Of Assembly
- From the verb קהל (qahal), to assemble.
🔼The name Kehelathah in the Bible
The name Kehelathah belongs to a place somewhere in the wilderness, between Rissah and Mount Shepher. The Israelites camped there on their long and arduous journey from Egypt to Canaan (Numbers 33:22).
🔼Etymology of the name Kehelathah
The name Kehelathah comes from the root קהל (qhl), meaning to assemble:
The unused verb קהל (qahal) probably had to do with contracting or compacting. Nouns קהלה (qehilla) and קהל (qahal) mean assembly, group, company or congregation and the denominative verb קהל (qahal) means to assemble or group up. Noun מקהל (maqhel) also means assembly.
The unused and probably related verb קול (qul) has to do with speaking or addressing an assembly, or perhaps even with the sound that emanates from an assembly. Noun קול (qol) means voice, speech or proclamation. It may also describe the sounds animals make and even that of musical instruments, the sea or other items.
For a meaning of the name Kehelathah, Alfred Jones (Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names) sees in the final letter ה (he) a kind of locative, meaning towards, and reads Towards The Place Of Assembly. NOBSE Study Bible Name List and BDB Theological Dictionary both read simply Assembly.