🔼The name Gemalli in the Bible
The name Gemalli occurs only once in the Bible. He was the father of Ammiel of the tribe of Dan, who joined the contingent of twelve spies that Moses sent to check out Canaan (Numbers 13:12), along with Hoshea-slash-Joshua, the son of Nun (Numbers 13:8).
🔼Etymology of the name Gemalli
The name Gemalli comes from the complicated verb גמל (gamal), meaning to invest:
The letter י (yod) upon which our name ends, may either create an adjective (camel-like), a possessive form (my investment), or may be a remnant of יה (Yah) = יהו (Yahu) = יו (Yu), which in turn are abbreviated forms of the Tetragrammaton יהוה, YHWH, or Yahweh.
Scholars appear to deem the final yod of our name to be the mark of an adjective, which would render Gemalli the meaning of Pertaining To Camels, and to make sense of that, NOBSE Study Bible Name List translates our name with Camel Driver and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads it as Camel Possessor. BDB Theological Dictionary does not offer an interpretation of our name but does list it under the root גמל (gamal).