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Merib-baal meaning

מריב בעל
מרי־בעל

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🔼The name Merib-baal in the Bible

There's only one Merib-baal in the Bible. He is a son of Jonathan, the son of king Saul of Israel (1 Chronicles 8:34 and 9:40).

Merib-baal's story is mostly recorded in the Book of Samuel, but there he is called Mephibosheth (2 Samuel 4:6).

Very curiously, in 1 Chronicles 9:40 our name occurs twice — the first time it's spelled מריב בעל (Merib baal), but the second time מרי־בעל (Meri-baal).

🔼Etymology of the name Merib-baal

The name Merib-baal consists of two elements. The first part of our name comes from the verb ריב (rib), meaning to contend:

The second part of the name Merib-baal is the same as the name Baal, which comes from the verb בעל (ba'al), meaning to rule over:

🔼Merib-baal meaning

For a meaning of the name Merib-baal, NOBSE Study Bible Name List makes no distinction between this name and the name Jerubbaal, and reads Baal Contends for both. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names has Contender Against Baal. BDB Theological Dictionary proposes Baal Is (Our, My, His) Advocate, but adds a question mark, possibly to indicate that this much creativity borders on flippancy.

The secondary name מרי־בעל (Meri-baal) may be construed to contain the verb מרה (mara), meaning to rebellious or disobedient, or מרר (marar), to be bitter or strong, and would thus be related to the names Miriam and Mary.