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Elteke meaning

אלתקה
אלתקא
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🔼The name Elteke in the Bible

The name Elteke occurs twice in the Bible, but in two spellings. It belongs to a city in the territory allotted to the tribe of Dan (Joshua 19:44; spelled אלתקה), which was given to the Kohathite Levites (Joshua 21:23; spelled אלתקא).

🔼Etymology of the name Elteke

The name Elteke consists of two elements. The first part is probably 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 appears to be derived from a root תקא (tq'), which doesn't occur in the Bible but is known to exist in Arabic, with the meaning of to fear or take heed.

🔼Elteke meaning

For a meaning of the name Elteke, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads God Is Dread and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names has God-fearing.

BDB Theological Dictionary does not offer an interpretation of this name and lists it alphabetically (not even under אל, El or אלהים, Elohim).

Interestingly, the second part of our name is also identical to a particular feminine third person singular form of the verb קיא (qi', meaning to vomit. It occurs in the form תקא in Leviticus 18:25, where the land (which is feminine) has vomited out bad people.

Since El is strictly masculine, our name may also mean The God Of She Who Has Vomited Out.

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