🔼The name Sacar: Summary
- Hired, Wages
- From the verb שכר (sakar), to hire.
🔼The name Sacar in the Bible
There are two men named Sacar in the Bible:
🔼Etymology of the name Sacar
The name Sacar comes from the verb שכר (sakar), meaning to hire:
The difference between the letters שׁ (shin) and שׂ (sin) didn't exist until scholars began to differentiate between them in the Middle Ages. Dictionaries will list the verbs שׂכר (sakar) and שׁכר (sakar) as two wholly different verbs, but to the people who wrote the Bible and those who read it for many centuries after, there was only one verb שכר (skr):
The verb שכר (sakar) means to hire, but note that in societies where money wasn't prevalent or quite literally a luxury item, workers would commonly be paid food, drink and protection. Nouns שכר (seker) and שכר (sakar) mean wage and noun משכרת (maskoret) means wages. Adjective שכיר (sakir) means hired and may be used substantially to denote employed men or deployed items.
The verb שכר (shakar) means to be or become drunk, which is what happens when workers get paid in beer, as was customary for instance in Egypt. In fact, in early cities, water was often undrinkable and beer the only beverage.
Noun שכר (shekar) denotes a drink that makes drunk. Adjective שכר or שכור (shikkor) means drunken or drunken one. And noun שכרון (shikkaron) means drunkenness.
For a meaning of the name Sacar, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Hired, and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes Wages. BDB Theological Dictionary does not interpret our name but does list it under the root שכר.