🔼The name Elah in the Bible
There are five men and one valley named Elah in the Bible:
- A Chief in Edom (Genesis 36:41).
- The valley in which young David famously slew Goliath of Gath (1 Samuel 17:2).
- A king of Israel, who was a son of the godless Baasha and whose throne was located at Tirzah (1 Kings 16:6). One day, as he was getting drunk with his chief of staff Arza, he was assassinated by Zimri, the commander of half of Elah's chariots. Zimri became king and proceeded to kill the entire house of Baasha (1 Kings 16:11).
- The father of Hosea, who killed and supplanted king Pekah of Israel (2 Kings 15:30).
- A son of the famous Caleb, who was a son of Jephunneh and the father of Kenaz (1 Chronicles 4:15).
- A Benjaminite, son of Uzzi, who returned from exile (1 Chronicles 9:8).
🔼Etymology of the name Elah
The name Elah comes either from אלל II (says Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names) or from אול II (says BDB Theological Dictionary):
For a meaning of the name Elah, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads An Oak, Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names has Terebinth, Oak, and BDB Theological Dictionary reads Terebinth.