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Meaning and etymology of the name Ahio

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There are three men named Ahio in the Bible. The most famous one is one of two sons of Abinadab, whose other son, Uzzah, dies trying to stop the Ark of the Covenant from sliding off the cart it was being transported on. His brother Ahio was walking ahead of the cart when that happened (2 Samuel 6:3). The two other Ahio's are a Benjaminite through Elpaal, Shaharaim and Ehud (1 Chronicles 8:14), and a Benjaminite through Jeiel of Gibeon and his wife Maacah (1 Chronicles 8:31).

According to BDB Theological Dictionary, the name Ahio appears to be a truncated form of the full but not Biblical name Ahion (comparable to another contracted form and Biblical name: Ahian; Ahian) and is derived from the word ah (ah) meaning brother, or in a figurative sense, friend or close associate. The original waw-nun extension creates a personification or localization of the root word: Person Who Is (Like) A Brother.

But for an audience that is less concerned with proper etymology, the name Ahio would look an awful lot like a truncated form of the name Ahijah (Ahijah), consisting of the word ah (ah) meaning brother and Jah, Jah, which in turn is an abbreviated form of the Tetragrammaton; the name of the Lord: YHWH. That would render the name Ahio the meaning of Brother/Friend Of The Lord.

For a meaning of the name Ahio, NOBS Study Bible Name List and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names both read Brotherly. BDB Theological Dictionary proposes the similar Fraternal.



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