🔼The name Zilpah: Summary
- A Drop
- From the verb זלף (zalaph), to drip or sprinkle.
🔼The name Zilpah in the Bible
Zilpah is one of four arch-mothers of Israel (Genesis 29:24). She is Leah's maid who became Jacob's concubine and mother of Gad and Asher, Jacob's sons numbers seven and eight and later tribes of Israel.
🔼Etymology of the name Zilpah
The name Zilpah comes from the verb זלף (zalaph). This verb does not occur in the Bible but evidence exists that this verb did belong to the ancient Hebrew language. Many of the other old Semitic languages include verbs that are written similar, as does Late Hebrew. Its meaning is to drip, drop, sprinkle, pour.
For a meaning of the name Zilpah, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads A Drop. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads A Dropping.