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Abdiel meaning

עבדיאל
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🔼The name Abdiel in the Bible

The name Abdiel occurs once in the Bible, in the genealogy of Gad, one of the twelve sons of Jacob and a tribal ancestor of Israel, who make their living in the area between Bashan to Salecah. Abdiel is the father of Ahi of Gilead (1 Chronicles 5:15).

🔼Etymology of the name Abdiel

The name Abdiel consists of two elements. The latter part is אל (El), the common abbreviation of Elohim, which is the Hebrew word for God:

The first part of the name Abdiel comes from the root עבד (abad), meaning servant or to serve:

The central yod may be seen as a possessive, but that forms the curious meaning of My Servant Is El. It's probably preferred to see this yod as a remnant of the grammatical form that expresses the third person plural: They Serve El. Or else, this yod is a remnant of יה (Yah) = יהו (Yahu) = יו (Yu), which in turn are abbreviated forms of the Tetragrammaton; the name of the Lord: YHWH. That would result in a meaning of Servant Of Yahweh Elohim, or Servant Of The Lord God (see the name Abdi).

🔼Abdiel meaning

For a meaning of the name Abdiel, BDB Theological Dictionary, Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names and NOBSE Study Bible Name List all read Servant of God/ El.

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