🔼The name Aharhel in the Bible
🔼Etymology of the name Aharhel
The etymology of the name Aharhel is wonderfully obscure. In its signature charming way, BDB Theological Dictionary deems "derivation and meaning dubious," which leads the more creative minds in the scholarly arena to propose the following options:
Alfred Jones (Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names) derives the first part of the name Aharhel from the very common Hebrew word אחר (ahar), meaning behind or after:
The second part of the name Aharhel, according to Alfred Jones, comes from the root group חול (hul I & II) ,which can be interpreted in many ways.
🔼Aharhel meaning according to Alfred Jones
Following this reasoning, Alfred Jones renders the name Aharhel the meaning of Behind The Breastwork.
🔼NOBSE Study Bible Name List
The learned body behind the NOBSE Study Bible Name List, however, sees the name Aharhel as formed from the same word that gave us the name Rachel: the noun רחל (rahel) meaning ewe:
The first part of the name Aharhel, according to NOBSE, is the enigmatic word אח (ah), usually meaning brother:
🔼Aharhel meaning according to NOBSE
The difficulty with this interpretation is that the emphasis seems garbled. If Aharhel would have been as NOBSE suggests, it would have been pronounced as Ahrahel, and probably even spelled as Ahirachel.
Undeterred, however, for a meaning of the name Aharhel, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Brother Of Rachel. A full translation would be Brother Of An Ewe.