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Meaning and etymology of the name Abdon
The name Abdon occurs quite a few times in the Bible; four times as the name of men and once as that of a city. The city named Abdon occurs first in Joshua 21:30, where it is listed among the towns assigned to the Levitical sub-tribe of Gershon and given to them by the tribe of Asher. The men named Abdon are (1) a minor judge who judged Israel after the death of judge Elom and was succeeded by Samson; (2) A son of Shashak of Benjamin (1 Chronicles 8:23) and (3) a son of Jeiel and Maacah of the town of Gibeon, also of Benjamin (1 Chronicles 8:30). This Abdon has a brother named Ner who became the father of Kish, the father of king Saul (1 Chronciles 9:39); (4) A son of Micah, who was sent by king Josiah to inquire of Huldah the prophetess concerning the word of the book that was found in the temple (2 Chronicles 34:20). This Abdon is also known as Achbor, and his father as Michaiah (2 Kings 22:12).
determines the kind of work that's done. When Jacob "works" Laban, he's not
The masculine noun (ebed) meaning slave or servant;
The masculine noun (abad) means work.
The feminine noun (aboda) means labor or service;
The feminine noun (abudda) means service or the performance of household servants;
The feminine noun (abdut) means servitude, bondage;
The masculine noun (mabad) means work.
The name Abdon is formed by extending the root with the waw-nun couple that brings about a personification or localization of the root. The name Abdon means Place Of Work or Working One.
For a meaning of the name Abdon, NOBS Study Bible Name List reads Servile. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads the same but adds Hard Slavery. BDB Theological Dictionary does not translate.
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