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Ela meaning

אלא
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🔼The name Ela in the Bible

The name Ela occurs ony one time in the Bible. He is the father of Shimei, who served king Solomon as deputy in the territory of Benjamin (1 Kings 4:18).

🔼Etymology of the name Ela

The sources all agree: the name אלא (Ela) is a variant spelling of the word אלה, meaning terebinth:

🔼Ela meaning

Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names regards the name אלא as an alternatively spelled version of the name Elah, which makes perfect sense, and reads Terebinth for both. BDB Theological Dictionary simply reads Terebinth but adds its signature question mark to indicate that nothing is certain. NOBSE Study Bible Name List, by exception, does not offer an interpretation.

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