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Ahi meaning

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🔼The name Ahi in the Bible

There are two men in the Bible named Ahi, although the name Ahi is the commonly accepted abbreviated form of the popular name Ahiah / Ahijah and Ahio. The men named Ahi in the Bible are:

🔼Etymology of the name Ahi

The name Ahi comes from the curious word אח (ah), which in this context probably means brother:

The letter yod on which our name ends may have all kinds of functions. We don't exactly know which one was the intention of the original composer of this name, but it's likely that Ahi is to Ahiah what Bill is to William. In that case, the 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.

The Vulgate saw the yod as an expression of plurality, and rendered this name Brethren.

But the yod may also indicate a possessive form, giving the name Ahi the meaning of My Brother. And in compound names that include Ahi as a segment (like Ahimelech or any of the Ahi-names listed in the menu to the left) the Ahi-part usually (and probably) means Brother of.

🔼Ahi meaning

For a meaning of the name Ahi, Alfred Jones (Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names) simply reads Brother, "the Divine name being understood," which is as curious as incomplete. NOBSE Study Bible Name List probably thinks along the same lines and reads Brother. BDB Theological Dictionary deems the name Ahi the same as Ahiah and renders Brother Of Yah(u). The name Ahi may also mean My Brother.

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