🔼The name Bimhal in the Bible
The name Bimhal occurs only once in the Bible, and that in a genealogy of Asher without further details. Bimhal was a son of Japhlet, who was a son of Heber, who was a son of Beriah, who was a son of Asher, the eighth son of Jacob and second of Zilpah. The tribe of Asher occupied the northern most area of the territory of Israel.
🔼Etymology of the name Bimhal
The structure of the name Bimhal is generally agreed upon, but the meaning of the actual name elements isn't. The letter B with which our name begins may either be the common prefix ב (beth), which means "in" or "through which":
Or it is a contracted form of the familiar noun בן (ben), meaning son:
The second element of our name probably derives from the verb מהל (mahal), which may be a by-form of the verb מול (mul II), meaning to circumcise, but it may also be drawn from an even more fundamental meaning of severance or weakening:
For a meaning of the name Bimhal, NOBSE Study Bible Name List sees in the B the prefix, and interprets our mystery verb with a rather ridiculous "to prune". Hence NOBSE renders Bimhal as With Pruning, which, after allowing for maximum creativity, is ultimately incorrect.
Both Alfred Jones (Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names) and BDB Theological Dictionary see the B as a contracted ben. Jones translates our name with a rather imprecise Son Of Mixture, and BDB Theological Dictionary proposes a rather too precise Son Of Circumcision. Here at Abarim Publications we're guessing that the name Bimhal commemorated a hefty night on the town: One Of The Sots.