Friday, March 18, 2011

Obscure Biblical Names: Cozbi

Cozbi Hayden

b. 26 November 1749

In the Bible, Cozbi is the daughter of a Midianite king. According to the Christian encyclopedia I use to find exhaustive lists of Biblical names, she was notable because she "seduced Israelite men into sexual sin and idolatry." She was killed with a javelin. Lovely. Why would you want to name your godfearing New England daughter Cozbi? I don't know, but I don't understand the Jezebels either.

Cozbi Hayden was the daughter of the staidly named Richard and Mary Hayden of Braintree, MA. Richard and Mary had an unusual naming style — their children were:

Aminadah (b. 1746, boy)
Cozbi (b. 1749, girl)
Asenath (b. 1751, girl)
Ziba (b. 1754, boy)
Cyrus (b. 1756, boy)
twin girls: Sage and Molly (b. 1759)
Lewis (b. 1763, boy)

It's like they ran out of steam toward the end. Who starts out with Aminadah and ends up at Lewis?

Obscure Bible Names Alphabet

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