[b-hebrew] צלפחד

fred burlingame tensorpath at gmail.com
Sun Dec 26 12:04:35 EST 2010

Thanks for your comments.

Names today, like sue, or stewart, or steven .... become assigned by parents
to new born babies .... because the names sound nice; or a relative or a
famous person had the name, etc. Names today however, in english anyway,
don't appear to have independent meaning.
Names in biblical hebrew however, frequently become assigned because the
word, becoming the proper name, enjoys a specific meaning. Witness genesis
29:32-35; 30:6, 8, 11, 13, 18, 20, 23, 24.

Your analysis is instructive, but I don't see the connection of "drawer out
of sharp one" to צלפחד , and more particularly, the circumstances of her
appearance in the tanakh. The recordation of her story, seems prompted by
and confined to the important issue of female inheritance and primogeniture.

The corresponding chronic insecurity and fear of the female losing
her inheritance seems to imply another meaning for the name, here.


fred burlingame
On Sun, Dec 26, 2010 at 12:14 AM, Isaac Fried <if at math.bu.edu> wrote:

> With names there are various possibilitis, among them CLAP-XAD, and there
> is indeed CALAP in Neh. 3:30. The roor CLP came into use in post-biblical
> Hebrew, in the sense, I believe, of 'draw-out' (in modern Hebrew
> literature CALAP is a 'sharp shooter').
> The root CLP is a variant, methinks, of the roots (I am unable at the
> present time to use Hebrew script)
> DLP, ZLP, TLP (with a tet), YLP, SLP, CLP, SHLP.
> Hence CLAP-XAD is possibly 'the drawer-out (SHALAP) of a sharp (XAD) one'.
> Isaac Fried, Boston University
> Said Fred:
> > Hello all:
> >
> > The etymology of this name = strong's 6738 + 6343? "shadow of fear?"
> >
> > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_Daughters_of_Zelophehad.jpg
> >
> > Any suggestions would be welcomed.
> >
> > regards,
> >
> > fred burlingame
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