🔼The name Eldaah in the Bible
🔼Etymology of the name Eldaah
The name Eldaah comes is a compilation of two elements. The first part is the word אל (El), either the prominent Canaanite deity whose name became applied to the God of Israel, or the common abbreviation of Elohim, the genus God:
The origin of the second part of the name Eldaah is unclear. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names, NOBSE Study Bible Name List and BDB Theological Dictionary seem to know of a verb that none of them lists, but which is supposed to be similar to a certain Arabic verb that means to call.
Fuerst's Hebrew & Chaldee lexicon to the Old Testament and Klein's Etymological dictionary of the Hebrew Language relate to the Hebrew noun דעה (dea), meaning knowledge, which comes from the verb ידה (yada), meaning to know:
What the original name giver meant to say with the name Eldaah (and in which language) is no longer clear. The sources referred to above, that link the name Eldaah to a mysterious verb that means to call, translate our name with God Has Called. But for a Hebrew audience, the name Eldaah would have meant Knowledge Of God, or, slightly more daring: God Is Knowledge.