Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Baby Name Options #3 - Biblical Names

I started to read the Bible once in high school and was bored to death by the never-ending lists of names in Genesis…might be worth another look now. Here are some of my favorites.

Adah (AH-dah) Hebrew “beautiful, adorned” The second female name mentioned in the Bible. Genesis 4:19

Asher Hebrew “fortunate, blessed, happy one” The eighth son of Jacob. Genesis 30:12-13

Delilah Hebrew “desirable, seductive” The woman Samson fell in love with, who cut off his hair and delivered him to his enemies. Judges 16:4-18 

Esther Persian “star” The Persian queen who prevented the massacre of the Jews living throughout her empire. Book of Esther

Isaac Hebrew “laughter” The son of Abraham and Sarah, born when his father was 100 years old. Isaac was later almost sacrificed to test Abraham's loyalty to God. Genesis 17:16-19, 22:1-18

Jonah Hebrew “dove” Swallowed by a whale and lived to tell about it. Book of Jonah

Levi Hebrew “united, joined” The third son of Jacob and Leah, and the founder of one of the tribes of Israel. Genesis 35:23

Olive Latin “olive tree” Noah sent out a dove...and it came back with an olive branch. Gen 8:10-11

Silas (SAI-luhs) Aramaic “wood, from the forest” Early Christian convert who accompanied Paul on his missionary journeys.  Acts 15-18

Torah Hebrew “teaching, instruction” Not a name in the Bible, but a word that refers to the first five books of the Bible - Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

Zipporah Hebrew “little bird” Wife of Moses. Exodus 2:21

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