Transnaming: Genesis 25:1-4

30 Dec

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:


Abraham took another wife, whose name was Keturah. She bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah. Jokshan fathered Sheba and Dedan. The sons of Dedan were Asshurim, Letushim, and Leummim. The sons of Midian were Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abida, and Eldaah. All these were the children of Keturah. (Genesis 25:1-4)


In the beginning there was much singing and rejoicing, for we were forgiven in God’s sight. But then came one who sets a snare, and because of him, lowly man, not in the image of God, was created. And through lowly man was born many peoples with sharpened  acid-tongues. And after the one who sets a snare, came judgment; a horrible place of judgment before God through whom was created those dedicated to knowledge of God, but with no belief in Him. But then, through one who Sets Free, rejoicing came again, and through Him God once more smelled fragrant incense and we bowed down and worshiped God once more.

Explanation of the transquote:

This is no doubt one of the more confusing ones, but, as you may have guessed already, that’s what the names mean, I just fitted them in a little differently to create the story of the Gospel. Here’s the meaning of all the names, which I believe will be enough of an explanation for anyone:

Keturah: fragrant incense — Had six children with Abraham:

1. Zimran: My song

2. Jokshan: One Who Sets A Snare – He fathered two boys:

A. Sheba: Man

B. Dedan: Low — Dedan fathered three boys:

       (a). Asshurim: Level Plains

       (b). Letushim: Sharpened

       (c). Leummim: Peoples

3. Medan: Judgement

4. Midian: Place Of Judgment — Midian had five kids:

A. Ephah: Volant and Darkling

B. Epher: Dustling

C. Hanoch: Dedicated

D. Abida: Father of Knowledge

E. Eldaah: Knowledge Of God

5. Ishbak: Set Free

6. Shuah: Prostration

New Testament confirmation:

 5 Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said:

   “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, 
   but a body you prepared for me; 
6 with burnt offerings and sin offerings 
   you were not pleased. 
7 Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll— 
   I have come to do your will, my God.’”[a]

 8 First he said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them”—though they were offered in accordance with the law. 9Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second. 10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. (Hebrews 10:5-10)

Christ is the one who Sets Free while we are the ones Set Free by His sacrifice. He,  is the sacrifice who lifted up that “fragrant incense.” He is the one who causes us to worship God.

Context confirmation:

Abraham gave all he had to Isaac. But to the sons of his concubines Abraham gave gifts, and while he was still living he sent them away from his son Isaac, eastward to the east country. (Genesis 25:5-6)

Really, this neither supports or denies the transquote. However, it’s still valid because the verses themselves are enough context. Meaning that, because we’re using the actual names of the people rather than quoting and transforming the passage into what we think the meaning of it is, it’s still valid. Really, this is less of a  transquote and more of a transnaming (I just came up with that word on the spot). A transnaming, I’ve just decided, is something where the explanation of the meaning of names provides the whole story. Thus, transnaming only requires New Testament confirmation, because the context confirmation has already been filled in; it’s a type of transquote, but not an actual transquote in of itself.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland



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