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Almon-diblathaim meaning

עלמן דבלתימה
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🔼The name Almon-diblathaim in the Bible

The name Almon-diblathaim (or rather Almon-diblathaimah, with a commonly ignored letter ה, he at the end of it) occurs twice in the Bible, but only in passing and in one brief scene.

Almon-diblathaim is one of the stations at which Israel camped during the wilderness years. The Israelites went there after they left Dibon-gad and right before they reached the Abarim mountains (Numbers 33:46-47).

Since the Abarim range was situated in Moab country, Almon-diblathaim may be the same as Beth-diblathaim (without the final ה, he), which is mentioned by the prophet Jeremiah in his prophecy against Moab (Jeremiah 48:22).

🔼Etymology of the name Almon-diblathaim

The name Almon-diblathaim consists of two elements. The first part is the same as the name Almon, which comes from the root group עלם. The ון upon which this name ends is a common structure to localize or personify a root:

The second part of our name is a plural form of an older spelling of the noun דבלה (debela), meaning fig cake, which derives from the unused verb דבל, denoting compacting figs into lumps or cakes:

🔼Almon-diblathaim meaning

For a meaning of the name Almon-diblathaim, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Almon Of The Double Cake Of Figs. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes Almon Towards Diblathaim, and adds: "but literally: Hidden Towards The Two Cakes".

BDB Theological Dictionary doesn't offer a translation of the name Almon-diblathaim but says of the diblathaim-part: "possibly from the root דבל in the sense of collect, assemble".

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