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Hanniel meaning

חניאל

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🔼The name Hanniel in the Bible

There are two men named Hanniel in the Bible, but neither plays much of a role:

  • A son of Ephod, the leader of the half-tribe of Manasseh of Joseph, who was among the men assigned to divide the conquered land of Canaan among the tribes of Israel (Numbers 34:23).
  • A son of Ulla of Asher, the eighth son of Jacob and second one of Zillah (1 Chronicles 7:89).

🔼Etymology of the name Hanniel

The name Hanniel consists of two (or rather three) elements, the final one being אל (El), either the prominent Canaanite deity whose name became applied to the God of Israel, or the common abbreviation of Elohim, the genus God:

The first part of our name comes from the verb חנן (hanan), meaning to be gracious:

The letter י (yod) in the middle of our name makes a possessive form out of the word חן (hen), meaning favor or grace.

🔼Hanniel meaning

For a meaning of the name Hanniel, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads God Has Been Gracious. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes Favor Of God. And BDB Theological Dictionary has the similar Favor Of El.