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Meaning and etymology of the name Jaddai / Jadau
The name Jaddai is a bit mysterious, and that's because, technically, it doesn't really occur in the Bible.
In Ezra 10:43, a son of Nebo called (Jadau; highly similar to the name Iddo) is mentioned among the men who married and divorced their foreign wives. But in the Ketib & Qere—which is a reading system related to the Masorectic effort to preserve proper pronunctiation—this name is spelled (Jaddai). Modern translations such as the NAS, NIV, Darby and the revised King James speak of Jaddai in this verse, but older translations, such as the original King James, Green and Webster (both original and revised) speak of Jadau. The ASV translation has Iddo.
For a meaning, there are several ways to go with this name.
BDB Theological Dictionary lists it under the root (dwd), the assumed root for words that have to do with love, and which also produces the name David
Alfred Jones (Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names) concurs with BDB and reads Beloved Of The Lord.
The problem is that the root and all its derivatives are spelled with a double daleth, while the names Jaddai and Jadau are spelled with one. Perhaps linguistically the two are related, but in practice, few Hebrew readers would recognize that association.
NOBS Study Bible Name List avoids the problem of the double d, and goes with the root (yada), meaning to praise or confess, and renders Praised. That solution relates this name to the names
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