In 2 Shmuel chapter 6 Uzzah's name is spelled alternatively with an ending aleph (v. 3,6) or heh (v 7,8). What is the explanation for this change?

Note that in the recounting in 1 Divrei HaYamim 13 the name is spelled exclusively with an aleph.

  • Why are the names Yirmiyah, Yeshayah, Chizkiya spelled sometimes with a vav at the end and sometimes without? Why is Chizkiya sometimes spelled with a yud in the beginning? Why is Akiva sometimes with a heh and sometimes with an alef? Why is Yehoshua sometimes with a heh and sometimes without (Yeshua)? The list is endless, and the question pointless, this is just the way names work in Tanach!
    – Bach
    Jul 17, 2017 at 13:39
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    @Bach if you could cite a source which supports what you say that would be an acceptable answer. Jul 17, 2017 at 14:14
  • @Bach Where is Yehoshua spelled Yeshua?
    – Loewian
    Jul 17, 2017 at 14:15
  • @Loewian ezra 3:2; 10:18. They're obviously referring to the high priest yehoshua spelled with a heh in Chaggai 2:4 and zechariah 6:11.
    – Bach
    Jul 17, 2017 at 14:18
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    @Bach there is almost always a reason as to why people's names are spelled in different ways, esp. if something is a rarity. Amnon's (Abshalom's half-brother) name is spelled "Aminon" in one place. There's a reason. Not every variation of the spelling of someone's name is simply "because that's how it is".
    – DanF
    Jul 17, 2017 at 18:31


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