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Lo-ammi meaning

לא עמי

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🔼The name Lo-ammi in the Bible

The name Lo-ammi occurs twice in the Bible, both times in the Book of Hosea (Hosea 1:9, 2:23), although the second occurrence of this name is more narrative than nominative.

The name Lo-ammi belongs to the third child and second son of the prophet Hosea and his wife Gomer. His name was ordained by YHWH, who explained, "For you are not my people, and I am not your God".

Lo-ammi's older brother's name was Jezreel, and their sister was Lo-ruhamah.

🔼Etymology of the name Lo-ammi

The name Lo-ammi obviously consists of two elements. The first element is the word לא (lo), the common particle of negation: no or without:

The second part of our name is the noun עם ('am), meaning people:

The letter י (yod) upon which our name ends has the function of making a possessive form out of the noun עם: my people.

🔼Lo-ammi meaning

For a meaning of the name Lo-ammi, both NOBSE Study Bible Name List and BDB Theological Dictionary read Not My People. For no discernable reason, Alfred Jones (Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names) decides to utilize a double possessive and proposes Not Of My People.