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Abdi meaning

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🔼The name Abdi in the Bible

There are two men named Abdi in the Bible, both relatively late in the narrative:

  • The first Abdi is a son of Malluch of the tribe of Levi (1 Chronicles 6:44). His son is called Kish or Kishi (2 Chronicles 29:12).
  • The other Abdi is a son of Elam and is among those who divorced their foreign wives during the purge of Ezra (Ezra 10:26).

🔼Etymology of the name Abdi

The name Abdi is constructed from the root עבד (abad), meaning servant or to serve:

The final letter yod may be a possessive, rendering Abdi the meaning of My Servant. The name Abdi may also be seen as a truncated form of עבדיה (Obadiah), which means that the final yod is a remnant of יה (Yah) = יהו (Yahu) = יו (Yu), which in turn are abbreviated forms of the Tetragrammaton יהוה, YHWH or Yahweh.

🔼Abdi meaning

BDB Theological Dictionary reads Servant of Yah, and NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Servant Of Yahweh. Alfred Jones (Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names) is a bit more proper and reads Servant, i.e. of God

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