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Meaning and etymology of the Hebrew name Eliezer

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The name Eliezer is one of the most popular names in the Bible, especially when we also count all the instances of the almost identical name Eleazer (Eleazar).

In the Bible feature no less than eleven Eliezers; two of which are quite famous. First there is Abraham's trusted, foreign born servant who eventually retrieved Rebekah for Isaac (Genesis 15:2). The other better-known Eliezer is one of two sons of Moses with Zipporah (his brother is named Gershom - Exodus 18:4).

Other Eliezers are: a chief Reubenite (1 Chronicles 27:16), a grandson of Benjamin (1 Chronicles 7:8), a trumpet player in the time of David, associated with the service of the Ark of the Covenant (1 Chronicles 15:24), a prophet who prophesies against king Jehoshaphat's merchant fleet (2 Chronicles 20:37), a member of a delegation that Ezra sends out to acquire a temple directorate (Ezra 8:16), three Eliezers who divorced their foreign wives (Ezra 10:18, 23 & 31), and an ancestor of Jesus (Luke 3:29).

The name Eliezer is a compound of two elements. The first part is the word el (El), the common abbreviation of Elohim, meaning God (or gods). The second part comes from the verb azar (azar) meaning help, support. This verb is quite common and used in all expected ways. Most notable is its usage in describing the function of Eve to Adam, 'It is not good for the man to be alone, I will make him a helper suitable for him' (Genesis 2:18).

The meaning of the name Eliezer is God Of Help (Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names and NOBS Study Bible Name List) or God Is Help (BDB Theological Dictionary).

Other names derived of the verb azar are Abiezer, Ahiezer, Azarel, Azariah, Azriel, Azrikam, Azzur, Eleazar, Ezer, Ezra(h), Ezri, Iezer, Jazer and Romamti-ezer.



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