Who was Hur in the Bible?

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Hur

There are three different men by the name Hur in the Bible[1]. The first being a leader that helped serve Moses and Joshua. The second was a King of Median while the third was the father of Rephaiah, a leader in Jerusalem in the time of Nehemiah. This article shares further what the Bible has to say about each.

The First Hur

This person was an Israelite, who held a prominent position (Exodus 24:14) and was a descendant of Judah through Caleb, the son of Hezron (1 Chronicles 2:18–20). His grandson, Bezaleel, was architect of the tabernacle (Exodus 31:2). According to Josephus in Antiquities of the Jews[2] he was the husband of Miriam, and according to another, her son.

The first mention of this man occurs during the battle between the Israelites and the Amalekites. Moses appoints Hur, along with Aaron, to support him during the conflict.

Exodus 17:10-12 (NKJV): “So Joshua did as Moses said to him, and fought with Amalek. And Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands became heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.”

Hur is mentioned again during the giving of the law at Mount Sinai. Hur is chosen to remain with Aaron at the foot of Sinai until Moses’ return. Moses went up the mountain where he receives the Ten Commandments from God. Exodus 24:13 (NKJV): “So Moses arose with his assistant Joshua, and Moses went up to the mountain of God.” Exodus 24:14 (NKJV): “And he said to the elders, ‘Wait here for us until we come back to you. Indeed, Aaron and Hur are with you. If any man has a difficulty, let him go to them.'”

Hur’s involvement becomes more prominent during the construction of the Tabernacle. He, along with Bezalel, is filled with the Spirit of God to contribute to the skilled work required for building the sanctuary.

Exodus 31:1-6 (NKJV): “Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: ‘See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, to design artistic works, to work in gold, in silver, in bronze, in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood, and to work in all manner of workmanship.'”

The Second Hur

This person is one of the Kings of Median mentioned in Numbers 31:7,8 (NKJV) – “And they warred against the Midianites, just as the Lord commanded Moses, and they killed all the males. They killed the kings of Midian with the rest of those who were killed—Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur, and Reba, the five kings of Midian. Balaam the son of Beor they also killed with the sword.”

The Third Hur

This person is an Israelite mentioned in Nehemiah 3:9 (NKJV) – “And next to them Rephaiah the son of Hur, leader of half the district of Jerusalem, made repairs” to the walls in Jerusalem when Nehemiah was overseeing the building there.

References

  1. BibleAsk, Hur mentions in the Bible
  2. Antiquities of the Jews – Book III, chapter 3

Who was Hur in the Bible?

There are three different men by the name Hur in the Bible. The first being a leader that help serve Moses and Joshua. The second was a King of Median while the third was the father of Rephaiah, a leader in Jerusalem in the time of Nehemiah.

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