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Migdal-el meaning

מגדל־אל
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🔼The name Migdal-el in the Bible

Migdal-El is a fortified city in the area of Naphtali (Joshua 19:38). It's mentioned only once in the Old Testament and possibly once in the New Testament (as Magdala or Magadan in Matthew 15:39), but it's fame rose to dazzling heights when an inhabitant named Mary associated herself with Jesus, and became known as Mary of Migdal-el, or Mary Magdalene.

🔼Etymology of the name Migdal-el

The name Migdal-El consists of two parts. The final part is the name אל, El, the common abbreviation of the word אלהים, Elohim, the genus God:

The first part is מגדל, (Migdal), which is generally translated with tower:

Many Bible enthusiasts like to view the gospels as unedited snapshots of history, but it's likely that the authors had enough freedom to craft the characters according to their literary or even symbolic roles in the narrative. It takes no great leap of the imagination to recognize that the role of the literary character of Mary Magdalene may have to do with a recovery from either pride or misplaced trust.

🔼Migdal-el meaning

For a meaning of the name Migdal-El, NOBSE Study Bible Name List, BDB Theological Dictionary and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names all read Tower Of God.

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