🔼The name Zichri: Summary
- Famous, Remembered
- From the verb זכר (zakar), to remember or to review.
🔼The name Zichri in the Bible
There are twelve men named Zichri mentioned in the Bible:
- A son of Izhar, who was the brother of Amram of Levi, the father of Moses, Aaron and Miriam (Exodus 6:21).
- One of the sons of Shimei of Benjamin (1 Chronicles 8:19).
- One of the sons of Shashak of Benjamin (1 Chronicles 8:23).
- One of the sons of Jeroham of Benjamin (1 Chronicles 8:27).
- A son of Asaph, whose descendants made it back from the exile in Babylon (1 Chronicles 9:15). In Nehemiah 11:17 this man is called Zabdi.
- One of the descendants of Eliezer, son of Moses, who had charge over the temple treasures in the time of king David (1 Chronicles 26:25).
- The father of another Eliezer, who was in charge of the tribe of Reuben in the time of king David (1 Chronicles 27:16).
- The father of Amasiah, who was one of the military commanders under king Jehoshaphat of Judah (2 Chronicles 17:16).
- The father of Elishaphat, who was one of the military leaders who surrounded Jehoiada, the guardian of the young prince Joash, as he planned his coup against Athaliah (2 Chronicles 23:1).
- A mighty-man of Ephraim, who served in the army of Pekah son of Remaliah, and who slew prince Maaseiah, king Ahaz' chief of staff Azrikam, and prime-minister Elkanah in a battle with Judah. This defeat resulted in Judah's deportation to Damascus and Samaria (2 Chronicles 28:7).
- The father of a man named Joel, who was a chief of sorts in Jerusalem just after the return from the Babylonian exile (Nehemiah 11:9).
- The leader of the family of Abijah in the time of Joiakim the post-exilic high priest (Nehemiah 12:17).
🔼Etymology of the name Zichri
The name Zichri comes from the verb זכר (zakar), meaning to remember:
The verb זכר (zakar) means to remember, to deliberately review, or to cause to remember or review — by means of public oration, urging and pleading, physical memorials, and so on.
Noun זכר (zeker) means remembrance, memory, memorial or invocation. Noun זכרון (zikkaron) or זכרן (zikkaron) denotes a memorial or token — a memorial day, altar-plates, stones, crowns, books, proof of citizenship, even spoils of war. Noun אזכרה ('azkara) refers to a memorial-offering.
Noun זכור (zakur) and noun and adjective זכר (zakar) mean male. This noun denotes the male of humans and animals, and marvelously illustrates the parallel between sexual reproduction and the learning process, which is so overly prevalent in the Bible.
The letter י (yod) upon which our name ends, may either create an adjective (commemorative), a possessive form (my remembrance), or may be a remnant of יה (Yah) = יהו (Yahu) = יו (Yu), which in turn are abbreviated forms of the Tetragrammaton יהוה, YHWH, or Yahweh.
For a meaning of the name Zichri, NOBSE Study Bible Name List goes with the adjective and reads Famous. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names takes the yod to be a sign of the Divine name but still just reads Remembered, and only adds "of the Lord". BDB Theological Dictionary does not offer an interpretation of this name but does list it under the verb זכר (zakar), meaning to remember.