Bildad meaning | Bildad etymology

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Bildad in Biblical Hebrew
Bildad
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The name Bildad in the Bible

There's only one man named Bildad in the Bible. Bildad the Shuhite one the first three, then four friends of Job, who discuss with him the finer points of existence. The other two are Eliphaz and Zophar. Friend number four is a young man named Barachel, who waits to speak until the other three are done, and that takes thirty-one chapters.

Etymology and meaning of the name Bildad

The name Bildad consists of two elements, but there's no consensus on which ones those are.

According to BDB Theological Dictionary and NOBSE Study Bible Name List, the first part of the name comes from the Babylonian divine name Bel, which is closely related to the name Baal, and means Lord:

Abarim Publications Theological Dictionary

BDB and NOBSE further agree that the second part of the name Bildad comes from the verb ידד (yadad), which probably means to love:

Abarim Publications Theological Dictionary

Bildad meaning

Hence, for a meaning of the name Bildad, NOBSE and BDB both read Bel Has Loved.

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