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Irad in Biblical Hebrew
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The name Irad in the Bible

The one and only Irad in the Bible is the son of Enoch, son of Cain (Genesis 4:18).

Etymology and meaning of the name Irad

The meaning of the name Irad is disputed since there is no such word in the Hebrew language. It may be a combination (or rather a contraction) of two words.

Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names derives Irad from two words, the first one being עיר (ir) meaning city:

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The second part of the name Irad, according to Alfred Jones, comes from the root verb עוד (ud) meaning to return or repeat:

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So doing Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names concludes that Irad means City Of Witness.

NOBSE Study Bible Name List thinks differently and apparently matches the name Irad up with a cluster of mysterious names that may come from a non-Biblical root ערד ('rd):

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So doing NOBSE Study Bible Name List concludes that Irad means Fugitive.

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