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El-bethel meaning

אל בית־אל
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🔼The name El-bethel in the Bible

The name El-bethel occurs once or twice in the Bible. It's how God introduced Himself to Jacob, when He instructed him to leave Laban and return to Canaan (Genesis 31:13). It's also the name that Jacob gave to the place near Bethel, where he had seen the famous ladder from earth to heaven, when God sent him back there to commemorate that event (Genesis 35:7, see Genesis 28:12).

For some reason, while Jacob and his family journeyed, the locals were all terrified of them and gave them no trouble. But trouble came anyway when Deborah, Rachel's nurse, passed away, and they were forced to bury her there. Grief-stricken they named that place Allon-bacuth, meaning the oak of weeping.

🔼Etymology of the name El-bethel

In English it seems that the name El-bethel consists of two parts, but when viewed in Hebrew it becomes clear that El-bethel consists of three parts. It's the word בית (bayit or beth in compounds) sandwiched between twice the word אל.

The word אל (El) is either a semi-personal name of God, or the commonly accepted abbreviation of Elohim, the genus God:

The word בית means house, but with a lot of footnotes:

🔼El-bethel meaning

The name El-bethel literally means The God Of The House Of God. For a meaning of the name El-bethel, NOBSE Study Bible Name List proposes God Of Bethel (and reads House Of God for Bethel). Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names suggests either The God Of Bethel or slightly more daring: Strong House Of God.

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