[b-hebrew] Ts'laph'chadh

David Kolinsky yishalom at sbcglobal.net
Tue Dec 28 00:07:09 EST 2010


Thank you for responding to my post.  My translations of these names come from a larger metaphorical translation of Torah.  Although out of context, the negative meanings seem unwarranted, in the larger context it makes perfect sense.

David Kolinsky
Monterey, CA

--- On Mon, 12/27/10, K Randolph <kwrandolph at gmail.com> wrote:

From: K Randolph <kwrandolph at gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Ts'laph'chadh
To: "David Kolinsky" <yishalom at sbcglobal.net>
Cc: b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org
Date: Monday, December 27, 2010, 4:42 AM

I normally don’t go into speculation about the etymologies of names, as they can often have two or more possible etymologies, or etymologies that have since been forgotten in Hebrew. But looking at the daughters’ names, you do צלפחד wrong in his naming.

Daughter #1, מחלה could be from חול indicating that she likes to dance, or from חלה meaning to be soft because she was so soft and sweet, or from חיל because she was a forceful girl. I have no idea from where you get that “feeling dismayed”.

Daughter #2, נעה could be from נוע meaning “to move (be in motion)” which could be a reference that she was born while Israel was wandering in the wilderness.

Daughter #3, חגלה a name for which I could find no etymologies, a real stretch for “a celebration for her” — חג לה.

Daughter #4, מלכה is clearly a queen.

Daughter #5, תרצה could come from רצה to satisfy, i.e. that he had to be satisfied with daughters, or רוץ referring to quick motion or running.

>From where do you get such negative names?

Karl W. Randolph.

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