Meaning of Bible Names

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Bible Meaning: Flame
Strong's Concordance #H218

Eliphal, the son of Ur, was one of King David's select group of mighty warriors (1Chronicles 11:35).

The city of Ur was located near the Persian Gulf and is where Abraham (Abram) was born. Referenced as Ur of the Chaldees, the patriarch lived in the city until his older brother Haran died. After his death, his father Terah took the remaining family members, including Abraham at age seventy, and migrated northwest out of the city.

Location of Ur in Babylonia Map

Ur was an ancient seat of lunar (moon) worship (1906 Jewish Encyclopedia) and was a dominant political center as early as 3,000 B.C. For more information, please see our article on where Abraham lived.

Unique name

Ur, at just two letters, is one of the shortest city names in the entire Bible. Others include Ai (Joshua 7:2), Ar (Numbers 21:15), No (Jeremiah 46:25) and On (Numbers 16:11).

Important verses


1Chronicles 11:26, 35
Also the valiant men of the armies were, Asahel the brother of Joab, Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem . . . Ahiam the son of Sacar the Hararite, Eliphal the son of Ur . . .


Genesis 11:28
And Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his nativity, in Ur of the Chaldees.

Genesis 11:31
And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son's son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram's wife: and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan: and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there.

Genesis 15:7
And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.

Nehemiah 9:7
Thou art the LORD the God, who didst choose Abram, and broughtest him forth out of Ur of the Chaldees, and gavest him the name of Abraham . . .

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Meaning of Biblical Names
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