🔼The name Elonbeth-hanan in the Bible
The name Elonbeth-hanan occurs only once in the Bible. It's mentioned as one of the four cities under the control of Ben-deker, who was one of the twelve deputies of king Solomon (1 Kings 4:9). BDB Theological Dictionary suggests that Elonbeth-hanan might be the same as the Danite town simply called Elon in Joshua 19:43, but there's no certainty either way.
🔼Etymology of the name Elonbeth-hanan
The name Elonbeth-hanan consists of three separate elements and it's a bit of a mystery why in English the first two are fused. The first part of our name is the same as the name Elon, and derives from either the verb אלל ('ll) or אול ('wl):
The second part is the familiar word בית (bayit) meaning house:
The final part of our name is the same as Hanan, and comes from the verb חנן (hanan), meaning to be gracious:
For a meaning of the name Elonbeth-hanan, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Oak Of House Of Grace, and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes Oak Of The House Of Hanan. BDB Theological Dictionary does not offer an interpretation of this name.