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Meaning and etymology of the name Adrammelech
There are two characters in the Bible who carry the name Adrammelech, although one is probably named after the other. The only human Adrammelech is one of two parricidal sons of Sennacherib, king of Assyria (2 Kings 19:37); the other being Sharezer. Adrammelech is also the name of an idol, which was worshipped by the Sepharvites, and to which they sacrificed their children (2 Kings 17:31).
The name Adrammelech consists of two parts. The first part may have to do with a Assyrian or Babylonian god named Adar, but as spelled, it must have reminded the Hebrews only of the verb (adar):
For a meaning of the name Adrammelech, Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads Magnificence Of The King, but ads that perhaps in Persian this name means The King Of Fire, which is then supposed to mean the sun. NOBS Study Bible Name List doesn't translate the first part of the name Adrammelech and reads Adar Is King. BDB Theological Dictionary does the same and proposes Adar Is Prince, and refers to a known Babylonian god named Adar.
Other names derived of the verb adar are
Other names that come from, or contain the word melek are:
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