🔼The name Asarel in the Bible
🔼Etymology of the name Asarel
The name Asarel consists of two elements, the final one most probably being אל (El), the prominent Canaanite deity, whose name became applied to the God of Israel, or the common abbreviation of Elohim, the genus God:
Where the first part of our name comes from is debated. The Masoretes pointed the letter ש of this name as שׂ, but the word אשׂר does not exist in Hebrew. What does exist is the word אסר ('asar), meaning bond (see our article on the name Masoretes) which according to the Masoretes sounded the same as אשׂר. Hence some commentators believe that our name אשראל is really אסראל, but here at Abarim Publications we rather go with the spelling of the original than with the punctuations of the Masoretes. Hence we see a greater likelihood that the first part of our name comes from the verb אשר ('ashar), meaning to go straight or to be happy:
For a meaning of the name Asarel, both NOBSE Study Bible Name List and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names go with the verb אסר ('asar); NOBSE reads God Has Bound and Jones proposes Bound Of God. As indicated above, here at Abarim Publications we feel that the name Asarel means something like Happy With God. BDB Theological Dictionary does not offer an interpretation of our name.