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Elienai meaning

אליעני

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🔼The name Elienai in the Bible

There's only one man named Elienai in the Bible, but it should be noted that this name is nearly the same as the more popular names Elioenai and Eliehoenai.

The one and only Elienai in the Bible is mentioned among the sons of Shimei of Benjamin (1 Chronicles 8:20). Nothing else is known about this man.

🔼Etymology of the name Elienai

The name Elienai consists of two elements, but it's not clear which the first one is. It 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 any of the similar words listed below):

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

🔼Elienai meaning

For a meaning of the name Elienai, Alfred Jones (Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names) takes the אל-part to be El, and reads God Of My Eyes.

NOBSE Study Bible Name List seems to think that we're dealing with the preposition of motion and reads Toward God Are My Eyes, but in this case the God-part would be implied. If the central י yod is taken to be a remnant of the name יהוה, YHWH or Yahweh (plausibly assuming that Elienai is a contracted version of Eliehoenai), a better translation would be Toward Yahu Are My Eyes or even Toward The Lord Are My Eyes.

In a rare case of neglect, BDB Theological Dictionary appears to not treat Elienai.