Did you know that Oprah is mentioned in the Bible? It’s true! She is one of only a handful of celebrities to be mentioned in the Bible. In fact, Oprah is referenced twice. Let’s take a look at what the Bible has to say about Oprah.
Oprah in the Bible (Scripture)
The daughter-in-law to Naomi, in the Bible, is Orpah. Orpah was one of their two daughters-in-law of Naomi. She married Naomi’s eldest son, Mahlon. However, after the death of her husband and her father-in-law, Elimelech, Naomi urged Orpah and her other daughter-in-law, Ruth, to return to their homes (Moabite women).
Orpah reluctantly agreed and returned to her hometown. However, Ruth chose to stay with Naomi and accompany her back to Israel. The story of Orpah and Ruth is a reminder of the importance of family loyalty and love.
What does the Hebrew Name (Biblical Name) Oprah (Hebrew: עָרְפָּה ʿOrpā, mean)
Orpah is a Hebrew name mentioned in the Book of Ruth in the Christian Bible. The name Orpah appears to be derived from the Hebrew word ʿorpā, meaning “neck”. However, some scholars believe that it may also be related to the word ʿarafā, meaning “fawn”. The name Orpah is first mentioned in the Book of Ruth, where she is described as being the daughter-in-law of Naomi and the sister-in-law of Ruth.
After the death of her husband and sons, Naomi decides to return to her homeland of Judah. Her daughters-in-law, Orpah, and Ruth, decide to accompany her. However, Orpah eventually decides to return home, while Ruth continues on with Naomi. The name Orpah has not been widely used in the English-speaking world. However, it did see a brief period of popularity in the United States in the late 19th century.
What does the Hebrew Name “Naomi” Name mean in the Bible
The Hebrew name “Naomi” (נָעֳמִי) is derived from the root word עוֹם, meaning “pleasantness.” It was a popular name during biblical times, borne by several important figures in both the Old and New Testaments. In the Book of Ruth, Naomi is the mother-in-law of the titular character. After her husband and sons die, Naomi urges Ruth to return to her own people rather than continue to live with her.
However, Ruth refuses to leave Naomi’s side, famously declaring, “Your people will be my people and your God my God.” This loyalty ultimately leads to Ruth marrying into a wealthy family and becoming the great-grandmother of King David. As such, the name “Naomi” came to be associated with faithfulness and devotion. Today, it remains a popular name among Jewish and Christian families
What does the Hebrew Name “Ruth” Name mean in the Bible
The Hebrew name “Ruth” is mentioned several times in the Bible, most notably in the Book of Ruth. The name’s origins are uncertain, but it is generally believed to be derived from the Hebrew word for compassion or mercy. In the Book of Ruth, Ruth is a Moabite woman who shows great loyalty and devotion to her mother-in-law,
Naomi. After her husband and sons die, Ruth accompanies Naomi back to Israel, where she eventually marries Boaz and has a son named Obed. Ruth’s story is often used as an example of faithfulness and God’s redeeming love. The name Ruth also appears in the genealogy of Jesus Christ in the Gospel of Matthew. As such, the name Ruth carries a great deal of significance in the Bible and continues to be a popular name for girls today.
What is the History of the Land of Moab, the Home of Ruth and Oprah
The land of Moab was originally settled by a group of people known as the Moabites. They were descendants of an individual named Moab, who was the son of Lot and his wife, who were themselves nephews and nieces of Abraham. The Moabites established their own kingdom in what is now modern-day Jordan. According to the Bible, the Moabites frequently warred with the Israelites, but they also had cordial relations with them at times.
Ruth, one of the Bible’s most famous women, was actually a Moabite. In fact, her decision to leave her homeland and accompany her mother-in-law, Naomi, back to Israel was actually an act of defiance against her own people
Naomi had to go to a foreign land because of famine. Noami daughter in-laws, were married to Naomi’s sons. It is recorded in the word of God, some important lessons. Even rarely mentioned
- Ruth 1:4
- Ruth 1: 14
Who was Oprah in rabbinic literature
Oprah was not mentioned by name in the Bible but was known as Orpah in rabbinic literature. She was the daughter-in-law of Naomi and the wife of Chilion. After the death of her husband, (Naomi’s husband) Orpah and her sister-in-law Ruth wished to go to Judea with Naomi. However, Naomi tried to persuade both Ruth and Orpah to return to their people and to their gods. Ruth chose to remain with Naomi, however,
Orpah chose to return to her people and her gods. In rabbinic literature, Orpah is identified with Herse, the mother of the four Philistine giants, one of whom was Goliath. These four sons were said to have been given her for the four tears that she shed at parting with her mother-in-law.
Herse was the mother of the giant Goliath, who caused such terror among the armies of Israel. The Bible does not give us much information about her, but we do know that she was a Philistine woman who lived in Gath, in the land of Canaan. It is likely that she was a member of one of the Philistine families who were dispossessed by the Israelites when they conquered Canaan.
Her name means “dew” or “seed”, and it may be that she was named for her fertility, as she bore seven sons. The eldest of these, Goliath, became a mighty warrior and champion for his people. He defied the armies of Israel for 40 days until he was finally slain by David. Herse’s other sons were also said to be giants, although their names are not recorded in the Bible. We can only imagine the wisdom and strength that Herse must have instilled in her sons, to have produced such mighty warriors.
The story of Oprah and Ruth
The book of Ruth is one of the most inspiring stories in the Bible. It tells the story of two women, Naomi and Ruth, who are forced to leave their homeland due to a famine. While in exile, (country of Moab) Ruth meets and marries Boaz, a wealthy man from Judah.
Boaz is a relative of Naomi’s late husband, and he takes Ruth under his wing, providing her with food and shelter. The story culminates with Boaz marrying Ruth and restoring her to her rightful place in society. This beautiful story demonstrates the power of love and forgiveness, and it teaches us that everyone is worthy of redemption. Oprah Winfrey has said that the book of Ruth is one of her favorites, and she has often cited it as an inspiration in her own life
Oprah’s return to her people and gods
And Naomi’s daughter-in-law Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the Lord do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.” And when Naomi saw that Ruth was determined to go with her, she said no more to her.
So the two women went on until they came to Bethlehem. And when they arrived in Bethlehem, the whole town was stirred because of them. And the woman said, “Is this Naomi?” But she said to them, “Call me not Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty, has dealt very bitterly with me.” I went away full, but the Lord has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi, when the Lord has testified against me and the Almighty has brought calamity upon me?”
So Naomi returned from Moab accompanied by Ruth the Moabite, her daughter-in-law, arriving in Bethlehem as the barley harvest was beginning. (Ruth 1:16-22) Oprah’s daughter-in-law returns to her people and shows us that even in our darkest hours we need to trust that God has a plan for us. We may not see it at first but eventually, we will see how everything is connected like a grand puzzle.
Oprah’s return also showed us that it is important always to be grateful for what we have because things could always be worse as seen by how her life turned around completely. Finally, we learn that even when life doesn’t go according to our plan we should never give up hope because God always has a plan for us even if we don’t understand it at first.
Oprah / Herse, mother of the four Philistine giants
According to the Bible, Oprah (Herse) was the mother of the Philistine giants, Goliath included. While her name isn’t mentioned in the Hebrew bible, she is referenced in 1 Chronicle 20:5 where it says “And there was war between the Philistines and Israel, and David went down, and his men, to fight against the Philistines: and he slew them.
And they strayed a great stone at him out of the sling, and smote off his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell on his face to the earth.” This story tells us that while David did eventually slay Goliath, it wasn’t an easy task. Goliath was a formidable opponent because of his size and strength, two things that can be attributed to his mother,
Oprah. From this story, we learn that Oprah was a powerful woman who gave birth to giants. While this may be her only claim to fame in the Bible, it’s a pretty impressive one.
Goliath, one of the four Philistine giants
Goliath was one of the four Philistine giants who threatened the Israelites during the time of King Saul. The Bible describes him as being over nine feet tall and having six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot. He wore armor that weighed nearly two hundred pounds and carried a spear that was as large as a weaver’s beam.
When Saul and his army faced Goliath, they were afraid and no one was brave enough to fight him. However, a young shepherd boy named David stepped forward and said he would fight Goliath. David defeated Goliath with a sling and a stone, and then he cut off his head with Goliath’s own sword. This victory showed that God is more powerful than any human opponent.
Final Thoughts – Who was Oprah in the Bible
- Sister in Law to Ruth
- Daughter in Law to Naomi
- Home was Moab
- Wife of Chilion
- Tradition / Same as Herse
- Mother of Philistine Giants
- Mother of Goliath
God Bless Greg