🔼The name Makheloth in the Bible
🔼Etymology of the name Makheloth
The name Makheloth comes from the verb קהל (qahal), meaning to assemble or congregate:
Our name could be the same as a feminine version of the noun מקהל, but spelled with an old fashioned ת in the end in stead of the more modern (Bible-wise) letter ה. Our name could also be a contracted (or old-fashioned) form of the plural feminine of the noun מקהל, which would be מקהלות. The letter מ (mem), with which our name starts, could obviously have to do with the מ with which our noun starts, but it may also be the particle מ that means "place of".
For a meaning of the name Makheloth, NOBSE Study Bible Name List goes with a clean plural and reads Assemblies. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names also opts for the plural and proposes Congregations, Choirs. BDB Theological Dictionary takes the מ to be the particle, and the whole name to be a singular form, and reads Place Of Assembly.