The Presidents Code – Speaker of the House Philip Pendleton Barbour
Philip Barbour was the brother of former President Pro Tempore James Barbour. However, Philip did not agree with his brother in political ideology as he would follow the Jacksonian wing of the Democratic-Republican party whereas his brother followed Henry Clay and John Quincy Adams. His name meaning is a continuation of the theme of Adam being cast out of the Garden and the war between the seeds.
Philip is from the Greek name Φιλιππος ‘Philippos’ which means friend of horses. The horse, of course, was the primary method of travel in ancient times, as well as a tool in war.
Pendleton is an Old English name meaning ‘overhanging settlement.’ A clifftop. ‘Penn’ or ‘pendle’ means a hill and ‘tun’ means a settlement or a farm. A settlement or farm on a hill. Interestingly, the crest of the Pendelton name is of a black lion’s paw holding a golden battle axe. This displays warfare with the evil lion, which is a picture of Satan (1 Peter 5:8), that causes man to be cast into a different land (Genesis 3:23-24).
Further connecting Pendelton’s name to Adam’s exile is the word for ‘drove’ in Genesis 3:24 which comes from גרש ‘garash.’ This word literally means a pasture where horses graze. גרש ‘garash’ comes from the root word גר ‘ger’ which means a stranger or foreigner. A גר ‘ger’ is one who walks through a foreign land and is associated with fear, as in the of meeting of an enemy.
Barbour is a Scottish name speaking of one who cuts hair or pulls teeth. As mentioned previously, the cutting of the hair is linked to mourning and exile in the Word (Leviticus 19:27; 21:5; Isaiah 7:20; 15:2; Jeremiah 48:37; Ezekiel 5:1-8; 9:3).
Here in Philip Pendleton Barbour’s name is seen the exile of Adam from the Garden of Eden as a result of the conflict he had with the serpent in Genesis 3.
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