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The name Carmel in the Bible

There are two Carmels mentioned in the Bible. The lesser known Carmel is a village south of Hebron. At this Carmel king Saul erects a monument for himself after his battle against the Amalekites (1 Samuel 15:12) and that will cost him his crown (15:23). Nabal, the Calebite lived in Carmel (1 Samuel 25:1-2) with his wife Abigail. Nabal is rude to David's men, and David rides out to avenge his honor. Abigail stops David, by riding towards him and saying just about the worst things about her husband a wife can. Ten days after that, Nabal dies and Abigail becomes David's wife (25:42).

The better known Carmel is a mountain on the Mediterranean coast (Jeremiah 46:18). It's where Israel's prophet Elijah the Tishbite has his encounter with the 450 priest of Baal. This Carmel became a symbol for beauty (Song of Solomon 7:5). HAW Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament notes that today the Carmelite mountain range forms the harbor of Haifa. The town Megiddo is located close to Mount Carmel.

Etymology of the name Carmel

The name Carmel is identical to the Hebrew word כרמל (karmel), meaning plantation or orchard:

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Carmel meaning

For a meaning of the name Carmel, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Field, Park, Garden. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names renders Fruitful Field.

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