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What Dickensian villain's given name means "the Lord is light" in Hebrew?




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Answer: Uriah Heap

Bathsheba's Hittite husband's name was Uriah, which derives from the Hebrew Uriyyah , the Lord is light (or as some others have translated this: the flame of the Lord or the Lord is my light).

Uriah Heep is a character in Dickens' David Copperfield who uses humility to camouflage his ugly pursuit of self-interest. The biblical Uriah was an innocent victim of King David's blatant and ugly pursuit of self-interest.

According to 1 Samuel 11:2: And it came to pass at eventide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king's house; and from the roof he saw a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.

11:3 And David sent and inquired after the woman. And one said: 'Is not this Bath-sheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?'

11:4 And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness; and she returned unto her house.

11:5 And the woman conceived; and she sent and told David, and said: 'I am with child.'


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