a The man who, with Aaron, held up Moses' hands, so that Joshua and the Israelites defeated the Amalekites (Exod. 17:10-13). Hur seemed to have been a very influential man and very much trusted and loved by Moses. He is classed along with Aaron. When Moses went up to the mount of God to receive the law, he told the people to go to Aaron and Hur if they had any important matters to decide (Exod. 24:14). According to Fallows, Jewish tradition classes this Hur as the son of Caleb, and husband of Miriam, Moses' sister. Hur was the father of Uri, whose son Bezalel was one of the chief skilled workmen employed in constructing the tabernacle (Exod. 31:211). b There are other Israelites in the Bible by this name, and one Midianite, a king who was defeated and slain by the Israelites (Num. 31:8).
Meta. Affirmative prayer, affirmation of Truth; a strong, cleansing, freeing, ennobling power whose activity in consciousness helps clear away the remaining darkness and obscurity (Egypt). It also aids in keeping the attention fixed on the divine executive power (he helped hold up the hands of Moses while the Israelites were fighting the Amalekites under Joshua, and so long as Moses' hands were held up the children of Israel prevailed), that the enemies of sense may be overcome. This thought activity that Hur signifies brings forth other thoughts that do their part in building up the body (tabernacle) and in overcoming the enemies in the land.
The Hur who was a king of the Midianites shows the effect of introducing strife (a meaning of Midian) into the freeing, cleansing, and ennobling ideal for which the former Hur stands. Strife and contention lead to great error, limitation, and darkness (subterranean hole, black, filthy prison). They must be overcome and slain by man's true, higher thoughts (Israelites) before Truth can be realized in its purity and power. (The definitions of error that are attributed to the name Hur arise from perversion of the good qualities for which the word stands. Seeming evils come from perverted or adulterated good. Many, if not all, of the Hebrew names have a negative as well as a positive meaning.)