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Eliehoenai meaning

אליהועיני

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🔼The name Eliehoenai in the Bible

There are two men with the graceful name Eliehoenai in the Bible, although this name is nearly the same as the names Elioenai and Elienai. The men named Eliehoenai are:

  • The seventh of seven sons of Meshelemiah, son of Kore, who was one of the gatekeepers of the tabernacle during the reign of king David (1 Chronicles 26:3).
  • A son of Zerahiah, of the family of Pahath-moab, who returned from the Babylonian exile together with Ezra and 200 of his family members (Ezra 8:4).

🔼Etymology of the name Eliehoenai

The name Eliehoenai appears to consist of several elements and scholars don't wholly agree on which ones those are. But most seem to agree that the central part is יהו (yahu), which is a truncated form of the familiar Tetragrammaton יהוה, YHWH, or Yahweh, the name of the Lord.

The part in front of יהו (yahu) may be אל (El), the prominent Canaanite deity whose name became applied to the God of Israel, or the common abbreviation of Elohim, the genus God. But it may also be אל ('el), the preposition that expresses motion towards someone or something (or frankly any of the similar words listed below):

The final part of our name comes from עין ('ayin), which may mean eye or fountain:

🔼Eliehoenai meaning

For a meaning of the name Eliehoenai, BDB Theological Dictionary takes the אל-part to be the particle of motion and reads Unto Yahu Are Mine Eyes.

Alfred Jones (Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names) acknowledges no difference between the names Eliehoenai and Elioenai and interprets the אל-part of both as being El or short for Elohim and reads God The Lord Of My Eyes for both.

NOBSE Study Bible Name List appears to erroneously translate yahu with God (better, or at least consistent would be Lord) and proposes Toward God Are My Eyes.