The article examines the meaning and diffusion of ancient names containing the root “klb” (“dog”). Analysis of collections of biblical and ancient Near Eastern first names reveals that people were frequently given the names of animals. In certain cases, the name reflected a particular characteristic of the animal, such as courage, industriousness, or friendliness. Ancient sources reveal the positive image associated with dogs, indicating their closeness and loyalty. A survey of biblical and Ancient Near Eastern names demonstrates the existence of names containing the root “klb” from the third millennium BCE through the end of the biblical era. The root “klb” served as a part of theophoric names expressing the parents' wish for a God-fearing newborn boy or girl. The biblical name Caleb can be seen as belonging to this group of names.
|Original language||American English|
|Journal||Studies in Bible and Exegesis|
|State||Published - 2009|