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Hammoleketh meaning

המלכת
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🔼The name Hammoleketh in the Bible

There's only one Hammoleketh (or Hammolecheth, as some translations have it) in the Bible and she's the mother of Ishhod, Abiezer and Mahlah. (1 Chronicles 7:18). The Hebrew of 1 Chronicles 7:18 is a bit confusing and some scholars believe Hammoleketh is the sister of Bedan. The majority, however, believes she is the sister of Gilead, the grandson of Manasseh.

🔼Etymology of the name Hammoleketh

The name Hammoleketh comes from the noun מלך (melek), commonly translated with king:

🔼Hammoleketh meaning

The name Hammoleketh differs from the name Meleketh (of an idol) in the way it is pronounced (although the Masoretic pronunciation symbols were added long after the story was written) but also because it is preceded by what seems the Hebrew definite article (the particle ה, or the ha-part of the name). People were named after gods all the time (think of the many Baal-names), and perhaps the name Hammoleketh resulted from people talking about the Meleketh. Still turning the whole thing into a name is unusual.

NOBSE Study Bible Name List solves the problem by simply stating The Queen as meaning for Hammoleketh. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names treats the name Hammoleketh by omitting the article and only treating Moleketh as a name. Hence Jones renders Queen.

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