🔼The name Taphath: Summary
- A Dripping
- From the verb נטף (natap), to drop or drip.
🔼The name Taphath in the Bible
The name Taphath occurs just one time in the Bible. Taphath is the daughter of king Solomon of Israel, and the wife of Ben-abinadab, who is one of twelve deputies of Solomon and stationed in Dor (1 Kings 4:11).
🔼Etymology of the name Taphath
The name Taphath comes from the verb נטף (natap), meaning to drop, drip or distil:
The verb נטף (natap) means to drop, drip or distil. Noun נטף (natap) means drop and was also the name of a odoriferous gum. Noun נטיפה (netipa) refers to a sort of drop shaped jewelry.
The name Taphath appears to be a so-called infinitive construct, in which the letter nun is assimilated and a teth added. It literally means A Dripping.
For a meaning of the name Taphath, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads A Drop. Alfred Jones (Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names) seems to be taken by the many poetic uses of this verb in the works of Solomon and reads the over-specific Drop Of Myrrh. BDB Theological Dictionary does not translate this name.