🔼The name Ur: Summary
- Flame, Light
- From the verb אור ('or), to be or give light; to shine.
🔼The name Ur in the Bible
The name Ur occurs twice in the Bible:
🔼Etymology of the name Ur
The name Ur is identical to the common Hebrew verb אור ('or) meaning to be light or to shine:
The verb אור ('or) means to be light or to give light; to shine. This verb's primary derivative is the expectable noun אור ('or), meaning light. The 'metaphor' that relates light to wisdom may not be a metaphor, or at least not to the ancients. In our article on the verb נהר (nahar), meaning both to flow and to shine, we show that the ancients had a surprisingly solid grasp of Relativity Theory.
For a meaning of the name Ur, both NOBSE Study Bible Name List and BDB Theological Dictionary propose Flame. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads Light or Fire.