🔼The name Ammiel in the Bible
There are four men named Ammiel in the Bible:
- The first Ammiel we meet is one of the spies who Moses sends out to scout out Canaan, Negev, Hebron and other places (Numbers 13:12). Ammiel, son of Gemalli, comes out for the tribe of Dan. For Ephraim comes out a man named Hosea, but Moses renames him Joshua (Numbers 13:8 & 16).
- Another Ammiel appears in the story of Mephibosheth, the crippled son of Jonathan and the last remaining descendant of king Saul. He was hidden in the house of Machir, son of Ammiel of Lo-debar (2 Samuel 9:4).
- The third Ammiel is the father of Bath-shua, the wife of David and mother of Shimea, Shobab, Nathan and Solomon (1 Chronicles 3:5). In 2 Samuel 11:3 she is called Bathsheba and her father is called Eliam.
- Ammiel number four is son number six of eight sons of Obed-edom, one of David's gatekeepers (1 Chronicles 26:5).
🔼Etymology of the name Ammiel
The name Ammiel consists of two parts. The first part of the name Ammiel comes from the assumed Hebrew root עמם:
For a meaning of the name Ammiel, BDB Theological Dictionary and NOBSE Study Bible Name List both prefer to translate the word am with kinsman and read My Kinsman Is God. Alfred Jones (Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names) prefers to translate it with people, and reads One Of The People Of God.