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Baal-hanan meaning

בעל חנן
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🔼The name Baal-hanan in the Bible

There are two men named Baal-hanan in the Bible. One is a king of Edom, son of Achbor and successor of king Shaul (Genesis 36:38). The other Baal-hanan is a Gederite and officer in charge of orchards in the Shephelah in service of King David of Israel (1 Chronicles 27:28).

🔼Etymology of the name Baal-hanan

The name Baal-hanan obviously consists of two parts. The first part is equal to the name Baal, which was also the name of the patron god of Canaan, and which is a common Hebrew word meaning lord, master or even husband:

The second part of the name Baal-hanan comes from the verb חנן (hanan), meaning to be gracious:

🔼Baal-hanan meaning

For a meaning of the name Baal-hanan, NOBSE Study Bible Name List proposes Lord Of Grace. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads Lord Of Compassion. BDB Theological Dictionary assumes that the Baal-part refers to the god Baal and reads Baal Is Gracious.

Note that the name Baal-hanan consists of the same two elements as the familiar extra-Biblical name Hannibal.

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