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Athlai meaning

עתלי

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🔼The name Athlai in the Bible

The name Athlai occurs only once in the Bible. He is a son of Bebai and is mentioned among the Israelites who divorced their foreign wives during the purge of Ezra (Ezra 10:28).

🔼Etymology and meaning of the name Athlai

The name Athlai (עתלי) is probably a contraction of the name Athaliah (עתליה), and would likewise consist of two elements. The final י (yod) might be a remnant of יה (Yah) = יהו (Yahu) = יו (Yu), which in turn are abbreviated forms of the Tetragrammaton; the name of the Lord: YHWH.

The origin of the first part of our name is disputed as the section עתל ('tl) doesn't occur anywhere in the Hebrew Bible.

Alfred Jones (Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names) refers to an Arabic verb that means to handle violently, and translates our name with Afflicted Of The Lord (while, curiously, he equates Athlai with Athaliah and translates the latter with Taken Away Of The Lord).

BDB Theological Dictionary doesn't propose a translation of either name but equates them without ado and proposes origins in an Assyrian verb that means to grow great, and a related adjective that means great or exalted.

NOBSE Study Bible Name List agrees with BDB where the name Athaliah is concerned but reads Yahweh Is Strong for Athlai.