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Lael meaning

לאל

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🔼The name Lael: Summary

Meaning
Belonging To God, Onto God
Etymology
From (1) the prefix ל (le), onto, and (2) the word אל ('el), God.

🔼The name Lael in the Bible

The name Lael occurs only once in the Bible. Lael was the father of Eliasaph, the leader of the Gershonite Levites at the time of the first census of Israel (Numbers 3:24). Nothing further is known about this man.

🔼Etymology of the name Lael

The name Lael consists of two elements. The first element is the prefix ל (le), which in this case means belonging to:

Excerpted from: Abarim Publications' Biblical Dictionary
ל

The particle ל (le) means to or onto and may describe a physical motion toward or a behavioral effort, an evolutionary one or express determination or purpose.

The second part of our name is אל ('el), the prominent Canaanite deity whose name became applied to the God of Israel, or the common abbreviation of Elohim, the genus God:

Excerpted from: Abarim Publications' Biblical Dictionary
אל  אלה

In names אל ('el) usually refers to אלהים ('elohim), that is Elohim, or God, also known as אלה ('eloah). In English, the words 'God' and 'god' exclusively refer to the deity but in Hebrew the words אל ('l) and אלה ('lh) are far more common and may express approach and negation, acts of wailing and pointing, and may even mean oak or terebinth.

🔼Lael meaning

For a meaning of the name Lael, both NOBSE Study Bible Name List and BDB Theological Dictionary read Belonging To God. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes By God.