🔼The name Gederite: Summary
- Someone From Geder(ah), Someone Who Puts Up A Wall
- From the noun גדר (gader), wall.
🔼The name Gederite in the Bible
There's only one Gederite mentioned in the Bible and that is Baal-hanan the Gederite, a civic officer in service of king David's (1 Chronicles 27:28). Baal-hanan the Gederite was put in charge of the olive and sycamore trees in the Shephelah, or the lowlands of Judah.
The ethnonym Gederite probably describes someone from Geder or Gederah.
🔼Etymology of the name Gederite
The ethnonym Gederite comes from the noun גדר (geder), meaning wall:
The verb גדר (gadar) means to wall up; to build a wall to separate innies from outies, and to check any movement between the two. Curiously, this verb is used predominantly in a figurative sense, i.e. to describe a containment of thoughts, deeds, intentions or developments.
Contrarily, the nouns גדר (gader), גדרה (gedera) and גדרת (gederet) all describe the item built and refer predominantly to literal walls and enclosures such as sheepfolds.
In Hebrew an ethnonym is an adjective, and the name Gederite, which denotes Someone From Geder(ah), literally means Wally, or Obstructer by implication.