🔼The name Jeriel in the Bible
There is only one man named Jeriel in the Bible. He was one of the six sons of Tola, who was one of the four sons of Issachar, the ninth son of Jacob and the fifth of Leah, and the patriarch of the Israeli tribe of Issachar (1 Chronicles 7:2). Of Jeriel and his brothers the Chronicler submits that they were family heads within the tribe and mighty men of valor.
🔼Etymology of the name Jeriel
The name Jeriel 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:
There is no consensus among the sources where the first part of our name might come from. NOBSE Study Bible appears to derive it from the verb ראה (ra'a) meaning to see:
Both BDB Theological Dictionary and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names derive the first part of our name from the verb ירה (yara), meaning to throw, cast or shoot:
For a meaning of the name Jeriel, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads God Sees. Both Jones and BDB derive our name from the verb ירה (yara), but render it a meaning that is not Biblical but rather native to the so-called Inscriptions of Zinjirli (or Zincirli) out of Northern Syria. In those Aramaic texts our verb means to found. Hence Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names translates our name with Founded Of God, and BDB Theological Dictionary has the similar Founded Of El.