🔼The name Mibzar: Summary
- Stronghold, Fortification
- From the noun מבצר (mibsar), fortification, from the verb בצר (basar), to separate and protect.
🔼The name Mibzar in the Bible
🔼Etymology of the name Mibzar
The name Mibzar is identical to the noun מבצר (mibsar), meaning fortification, from the verb בצר (basar):
The verb בצר (basar) means to separate and protect for extraction (usually by placing a wall around it: hence the word "bazaar"). Noun בצרון (bissaron) means stronghold and noun מבצר (mibsar) fortification. Noun בצרה (bosra) means enclosure, noun בציר (basir) means vintage and noun בצר (beser) probably denotes precious ore (a vineyard operation is not unlike a mining operation). Nouns בצרה (bassara) and בצרת (bassoret) denote destitution or scarcity and probably refer to residue that remains after the extraction of commodities.
For a meaning of the name Mibzar, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Stronghold and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names has Defence. BDB Theological Dictionary does not translate this name, doesn't even list it under בצר (basar) but alphabetically under מ, but does confirm that it is identical to the noun מבצר (mibsar), meaning fortification.