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Meaning and etymology of the Hebrew name Aziza
The name Aziza occurs only one time in the Bible. During Ezra's restoration of Jerusalem and subsequently obedience to the laws of YHWH, a large group of men divorce their foreign wives and their children. Among the sons of Zattu, Ezra mentions a man named Aziza.
It should be noted that God hates divorce for any reason (Malachi 2:16), and even though international marriages were forbidden by God (Deuteronomy 7:3), this bizarre mass divorce was not ordered by God. It was the Israelites' own idea (Ezra 10:2-3, 10-11). Four men, Jonathan son of Asahel, Jahzeiah son of Tikvah, and Meshullam and Shabbethai, oppose the plan, but the exiles won't change their mind and stand shuddering in the pelting rain, figuring they're doing something lofty. Whatever became of the wives and the children after this carnage is unknown.
It's not immediately clear what the added aleph is doing at the end of the name, but it may simply be a playful addition that doesn't change the conveyed meaning.
For a meaning of the name Aziza, both Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names and NOBS Study Bible Name List read Strong. BDB Theological Dictionary does not translate.
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