🔼The name Ammihud in the Bible
There are four men named Ammihud in the Bible:
- The father of Elishama of Ephraim (Numbers 1:10).
- The father of Samuel of Simeon (Numbers 34:20).
- The father of Pedahel of Naphtali (Numbers 34:28).
- A son of Omri and the father of Uthai who returned to Jerusalem after the exile (1 Chronicles 9:4).
Most sources also list the father of Talmai, king of Geshur (2 Samuel 13:37) among the men named Ammihud, but his name is עמיחור (Ammihur). The difference between the two names is in the element after the Ammi-part. This element consists of three letters and two out of three are different. Ammihud and Ammihur are really very different names.
🔼Etymology of the name Ammihud
The name Ammihud consists of two elements. The first element comes from the assumed Hebrew root עמם ('mm):
The second part of the name Ammihud comes from either of the two root-verbs ידה (yada) or הוד (hod):
For a meaning of the name Ammihud, Alfred Jones (Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names) inclines towards the verb ידה (yada). But instead of translating Ammihud with People Of Praise or My Kinsman Praises, Jones reads One Of The People Of Judah. Since three out of four Ammihuds in the Bible are typically not of Judah, this rendering seems a bit out of kilter.
BDB Theological Dictionary and the learned body that produced the NOBSE Study Bible Name List see relations with the noun הוד (hod), meaning splendor or majesty. This noun occurs frequently in the Bible, from the authority or majesty of the king (Jeremiah 22:18) or a prophet such as Moses (Numbers 27:20), to the divine splendor of God (Psalm 104:1), and the splendor of Israel due to the blessings of God (Hosea 14:7 — his beauty will be like the olive tree).
Hence NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads My Kinsman Is Glorious and BDB Theological Dictionary reads My Kinsman Is Majesty.