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