Rizpah Name Meaning & Origin
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This name, extremely uncommon now, saw a long period of use in New England, where Old Testament names of all kinds were preferred from the 1600s through the 1800s.
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From Hebrew, meaning "coal" or hot stone. The Biblical Rizpah been cited as the epitome of the devoted mother. In the Book of Samuel, Rizpah was one of Saul's concubines, the mother of Armoni and Mephibosheth. When her sons were executed as hostages, she watched over their bodies for five months until honorable burial could be arranged by King David. British rabbi Jonathan Magonet has described Rizpah as "every mother who sees her sons killed before their time for reasons of state, be they in time of peace or in war. All that remains is for her to preserve the dignity of their memory and live on to bear witness and call to account the rulers of the world."
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"Rizpah", poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
"Rizpah", poem by William Cullen Bryant