🔼The name Giddel in the Bible
There are only two men named Giddel in the Bible, and they occur in the same little list of returnees:
- The head of a family of Nethinim (temple servants) whose members returned from the Babylonian exile together with Zerubbabel and Jeshua (Ezra 2:47, Nehemiah 7:49).
- Another head of a family, of descendants of Solomon's servants this time, whose members returned to Canaan in the same wave as the previous family.
🔼Etymology of the name Giddel
The name Giddel comes from the verb גדל (gadel), meaning to become strong or great:
For a meaning of the name Giddel, both NOBSE Study Bible Name List and BDB Theological Dictionary read Very Great. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes He Has Become Great.