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En-haddah meaning

עין חדה
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🔼The name En-haddah in the Bible

The name En-haddah occurs only once in the Bible. It belongs to a village that came to be situated on the western border of the territory allotted to the tribe of Issachar (Joshua 19:21).

🔼Etymology of the name En-haddah

The name En-haddah obviously consists of two elements. The first part is the noun עין ('ayin), meaning spring or fountain:

The second part of our name comes from the following root group:

Note that the second part of our name is identical to either of the roots חדה (hada), but can also be constructed from a feminine form of the adjective חד (had), meaning sharp.

🔼En-haddah meaning

Of course, we can no longer establish why people would name their town in a certain way, but the second part of our name (which serves as the attribute of the part meaning fountain) most likely was meant to reflect happiness. As such, the name En-haddah means Fountain Of Joy.

Other scholars aren't so sure and see more in the rather impossible swift or sharp fountains:

For a meaning of the name En-haddah, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Swift Fountain and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes Fountain Of Sharpness.

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