🔼The name Tiria: Summary
- Reverence, Fear
- From the verb ירא (yara'), to fear or revere.
🔼The name Tiria in the Bible
🔼Etymology of the name Tiria
The name Tiria comes from either the verb ירה (yara), meaning to throw cast or shoot, or ירא (yara' I), meaning to fear or revere:
The verb ירה (yara) describes the bringing about of a unified effect by means of many little impulses (arrows, stones, words, instructions, rain drops, and so on). Noun יורה (yoreh) refers to rain that falls during the first period of the agricultural year, when seedlings bud but don't bear fruit yet. Noun מורה (moreh) may either also refer to early rain, or it means teacher, who is a person who teaches children who can't think for themselves yet. Noun תורה (tora), refers to any set of instructions (hence the familiar word Torah).
The verb ירא (yara') describes the same process, but rather from the perspective of the receiving "soil": to revere, to pay heed to, and in extreme cases: to fear. Nouns יראה (yir'a), מורא (mora') and מורה (mora) cover the broad spectrum between reverence and fear, between anything awe-inspiring and anything terrifying.
For a meaning of the name Tiria, NOBSE Study Bible Name List appears to go with ירה (yara) and reads Foundation, while Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names goes with ירא (yara'), and proposes Fear. BDB Theological Dictionary does not offer an interpretation of our name but does list it under ירא (yara'), in apparent agreement with Jones.