Metaphysical meaning of Arba (mbd)
Arba, är'-bå (Heb.) --a giant; strength; a cube; four. Arba is the name of the number four, symbol of great strength and stability, characterized in the square and the cube.
Father of Anak (Josh. 15:13). "Now the name of Hebron beforetime was Kiriath-arba; which Arba was the greatest man among the Anakim" (Josh. 14:15). Hebron "became the inheritance of Caleb . . . because that he wholly followed Jehovah, the God of Israel" (Josh. 14:14).
Meta. The reasoning of the sense mind in man, which attributes power and reality to the outer formed world instead of knowing that all power and reality exist in Spirit--the unformed ideas of the one Mind. (See ANAK, also.) Sense reasoning, which is based on sense observations, is very firmly established in the spiritually unawakened individual, and it has its place of action in Hebron ---the seat of conscious thought. This line of reasoning can be overcome only by that which Caleb, the faithful Israelite, signifies: spiritual faith. Truth is first perceived and accepted by faith; then it becomes the basis of one's conscious thinking (Hebron.)