🔼The name Iphtahel in the Bible
🔼Etymology of the name Iphtahel
The name Iphtahel consists of two 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 is as good as the same as the name Jephthah, and is an active form of the verb פתח (patah), meaning to open:
For a meaning of the name Iphtahel, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads God Will Open. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names (for Jiphthah-el) has It Will Be Opened Of God. And BDB Theological Dictionary proposes God Openeth.