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Hi Achim :-)

Can you help me to find out about the meaning of aramaic names: Bar-Naba and Bar-Shaba? I think "Bar-Naba" means "Son of Prophet" but I have no idea what "Bar-Shaba" means. I will appreciate your help :-) Thnx

Shlama Bartek,

Shaba means "exile/captive/hardship/struggle". (cf., Ephesians 4:8)

Notice also that Bar-nava and Bar-shaba had the same given name of Yausef.
It's tough to say anything beyond that by a quick glance in terms of a scribal error or the like because of the limited reference in 1:23.
Any thoughts? Was it common to nickname Yausefs back then, and if so, according to the formula Bar-X? (I kid of course <!-- sTongue --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/poketoungeb.gif" alt="Tongue" title="Poke Tounge" /><!-- sTongue --> .)
Thank you brothers, I am moving forward...:-)