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Meaning and etymology of the Hebrew name Asahel

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The name Asahel is assigned four times in the Bible. Best known is Asahel the son of Zeruiah, the sister of David. The brothers of this Asahel are Joab and Abishai. Then there are two Levite Asahels mentioned (2 Chronicles 17:8 and 31:13) and a father of a man named Jonathan who opposed Ezra's policies (Ezra 10:15).

The name Asahel consists of two elements. The first element comes from the very common Hebrew verb asa ('asa), to do, fashion, accomplish. The obvious Hebrew noun derived from this verb is maaseh (ma'aseh), work or deed.

The second element of the name Asahel is el (El), the common abbreviation of Elohim, the genus God.

The name Asahel means Made By God (or Made Of God as Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names has it), and is the exact reverse of the name Eleasah, God Has Made.

Other related names are Baaseiah, Asaiah, Asiel, Eleasah, Esau, Jaasiel and Jaasu.



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