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Meaning and etymology of the name Gaal

Gaal Gaal

The name Gaal is unique in the Bible. Gaal is a son of Ebed and he leads an insurrection against the judge Abimelech, which results in the death of all the townspeople of Shechem (Judges 9:22-49).

The name Gaal is identical to the Hebrew word goal (go'al), meaning loathing, from the verb goal (ga'al), meaning to loathe, abhor. The noun occurs only once, in Ezekiel 16:5, but the verb is used frequently, and mostly to describe God's reaction to man's infractions (Leviticus 26:11, Jeremiah 14:19).

The NOBS Study Bible Name List and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names agree (and that is rare): the name Gaal means Loathing.



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