🔼The name Shallun: Summary
- Man Of Prosperity
- From the verb שלם (shalem), to be or make whole or complete.
- From the verb שלה (shala), to prosper.
🔼The name Shallun in the Bible
The name Shallun occurs only once in the Bible. Shallun is the son of Col-hozeh, and either he or his father was the official of the district of Mizpah, and who repaired Jerusalem's Fountain Gate (Nehemiah 3:15)
🔼Etymology of the name Shallun
Most scholars and commentators demand that the name Shallun came to exists through a text error, and should really read Shallum (שלום). In that case, the name Shallun is derived from the verb שלם (shalem), to be or make whole or complete:
The verb שלם (shalem) means to be or make whole or complete, and is also used to describe a righteous recompense or proper restitution (whether positive or not). The familiar noun שלום (shalom) means wholeness, completeness or peace.
Other derivatives are: noun שלם (shelem), peace offering; verb שלם (shalam), to be in a covenant of peace; adjective שלם (shalem), perfect, whole, complete, safe; noun שלם (shillem), recompense; nouns שלמן (shalmon), שלום (shillum), שלם (shillum) and שלמה (shilluma), reward or proper recompense.
But here at Abarim Publications we see no reason to assume that Shallun is a corruption of Shallum. The name Shallun is a perfectly acceptable form, from the extensive category of names that consists of an expression of a verb and the familiar ון (waw nun) extension that personifies or localizes the idea of the verb. Shallun could very well be derived from any of the following verbs:
The verb שלל (shalal) means to extract, mostly in the sense of to plunder. The noun שלל (shalal) means plunder. Adjective שולל (sholal) means barefoot.
Verb שלה (shala) too means to extract. Noun שליה (shilya) means afterbirth.
Perhaps a second verb שלה (shala) means to be at rest and prosper, although a peaceful existence occurs when one is extracted from the world of toil and turmoil. Nouns שלו (shalu) and שלוה (shalwa) mean prosperity. Adjectives שלי (sheli) and שלו (shalew) mean quiet, private or prosperous.
For a meaning of the name Shallun, Alfred Jones (Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names) equates it with Shallum, which he translates with Retribution. NOBSE Study Bible Name List works off the New American Standard, which reads Shallum in Nehemiah 3:15 and ignores the name Shallun. BDB Theological Dictionary doesn't translate Shallun but lists it under the verb שלם (shalem).
It's doubtful that a Hebrew audience would think that Shallun has to do with the verb שלם (shalem), and would probably translate it with Plunder Boy, Drawn Out Guy or (most likely) Man Of Prosperity.