[b-hebrew] Caleb

Yodan yodan at yodanco.com
Tue Sep 13 23:49:40 EDT 2011

Being a woman whose first name is Biblical, I'm especially interested in
Biblical women and have never been too happy with the name Hulda = rat. 


Now, this discussion has prompted me to look further into it. In addition to
the prophetess named Hulda, there was also a man named Heled (I Chronicles


The word Holed = rat appears only once (Lev 11:29).


However, the word Heled = world or lifetime appears 5 times (e.g. Psalms


So, perhaps the names Hulda and Heled are related to Heled = world or


Much more appealing than "rat", no?


Rivka Sherman-Gold

Yodan Publishing 


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Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Caleb


Notice that KELEB, 'dog', and KLUB, 'cage, basket', (as in Jer.  

5:27), are both from the root KLB. In 1Ch. 2:9 we find the name  

KLUBAY. As I see it, there is no compelling reason to relate the name  

KALEB to 'dog'. All we can say about it is that it appears to contain  

the root KLB.


Isaac Fried, Boston University



On Sep 13, 2011, at 11:08 PM, kenneth greifer wrote:


> Is there even a one in a billion chance that the word Caleb in  

> Hebrew did not mean "dog", but had other vowels?



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