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Almodad meaning

אלמודד
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🔼The name Almodad in the Bible

Almodad is the first son of Joktan and the grandson of Eber (Genesis 10:26). The Joktanites are the last mentioned Shemite generation before the tower of Babel is built (Genesis 11:1-9). Joktan's brother Peleg becomes the ancestor of Abraham (Genesis 11:10-26).

🔼Etymology and meaning of the name Almodad

The name Almodad is explained in various ways:

Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names takes the name from the Hebrew particle אל ('al); a particle expressing the negative either as wish or as preference:

And from the Hebrew verb מדד (madad) meaning to measure, specifically of lengths and distances. According to Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names, the whole name means Immeasurable. A similar phrase (which uses a different particle of negation) occurs in Hosea 1:10; 'The number of the sons of Israel will be like the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured ( לא־ימד) or numbered.'

In this sense the name Almodad is related to the name Madai/ Media.

BDB Theological Dictionary thinks the אל part is in fact the Hebrew word El, a short form of Elohim, denoting the genus God. And, states BDB, the double d must come from דוד (dod), beloved:

Hence BDB Theological Dictionary reads God Is Loved.

However, the latter explanation ignores the מו (mw)-part and is not very satisfying. NOBSE Study Bible Name List simply reads The Beloved, which is even less complete.

Perhaps the מו (mw)-part comes from the Hebrew particle of inquisition מה (me), what? Or מי (mi), who? This way the name also means Who Does God Love? Or better yet: How God Loves! This together with Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names' Immeasurable makes for a very elegant name.

A similar inquisitive exclamation may be found in the name Michael. The name Elmadam may be a Hellenized version of the name Almodad.

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