🔼The name Elika in the Bible
The name Elika occurs only once in the Bible. According to the author of the Book of Samuel, Elika the Harodite served among the mighty-men of David (2 Samuel 23:25). Yet the Chronicler, who submits a similar mighty-men list, omits Elika, for no clear reason (1 Chronicles 11:27).
🔼Etymology of the name Elika
The name Elika consists of two elements, the first one being אל (El), the prominent Canaanite deity whose name became applied to the God of Israel, or the common abbreviation of Elohim, the genus God:
The second part of our name is a bit embarrassing, which is probably why Alfred Jones (Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names) timidly steers clear of the obvious and lunges for some Chaldean verb קהא (qh'), which means to congregate. In Hebrew this verb exists as קוה (qawa II):
Anybody else, including any member of an unbiased Hebrew audience, would readily recognize as second part of our name the noun קא (qe'), meaning barf:
For a meaning of the name Elika, Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads God Of The Congregation. NOBSE Study Bible Name List proposes a probably better God Has Spewed Out, although it's not clear why anyone would call their child thus. BDB Theological Dictionary lists this name under the El-names, but does not offer an interpretation.