🔼The name Azmaveth in the Bible
The name Azmaveth is remarkably popular in the Bible. It's assigned to:
- One of David's Might Men, called the Baharumite (1 Chronicles 11:33) or the Barhumite (2 Samuel 23:31).
- A Benjaminite who is the son of Jehoaddah, son of Ahaz (1 Chronicles 8:36).
- One of David's royal officers who was the son of Adiel (1 Chronicles 27:25).
- Then there is an Azmaveth listed among the exilic returnees, mentioned by Ezra (2:24); Nehemiah calls him Beth-azmaveth (7:28), which typically looks like the name of a town. And both Ezra and Nehemiah place names of towns on their lists (Bethel and Ai, Kiriath-arim, Jericho, Hebron), so it's not clear whether the Azmaveth of Ezra 2:24 is a man or a town.
- On top of everything, Nehemiah makes mention of a town called Azmaveth in 12:29.
🔼Etymology of the name Azmaveth
The name Azmaveth consists of two distinct elements. The first part of the name comes from the root-verb עזז ('azaz), meaning to be strong:
The second part of the name Azmaveth comes from the grim root-verb מות (mut), meaning to kill:
For a meaning of the name Azmaveth, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Death Is Strong. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads Strong To Death, i.e. a warrior. BDB Theological Dictionary doesn't offer a translation.