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Biblical Archaeology Review 46:3, Summer 2020

Strata: Define Intervention: Theophoric Name

What’s the definition of theophoric name?

1. A name containing a reference to a place.

2. A new name given to an Egyptian pharaoh in the afterlife.

3. A name received by a monk after taking vows.

4. A name compounded with a divine name or divine appellative.

Answer: 4

A theophoric name is any compound name that contains a divine name or divine appellative.a For example, the name Joshua (Yehoshu’a) means “Yahweh has saved.” Yeho is an abbreviation of the divine name Yahweh.

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