🔼The name Attai in the Bible
There are three men named Attai in the Bible:
- The son of Jarha, the servant of Sheshan of Judah who had been given the daughter of his master for a wife (1 Chronicles 2:35). The Chronicler follows the genealogy of this servant for many generations.
- The sixth captain of a company of Gadites who joined David at Ziklag (1 Chronicles 12:11).
- The son of king Rehoboam of Judah and Maacah, the daughter of Absalom (2 Chronicles 11:20).
🔼Etymology of the name Attai
The name Attai comes from the root group עתה, and is spelled the same (albeit pronounced slightly different) as the adjective עתי (itti), meaning timely or ready:
For a meaning of the name Attai, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Timely and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names has Opportune, which he explains as "fit, proper time". BDB Theological Dictionary does not translate this name but does list it under the root עתה I.