🔼The name Obed-edom in the Bible
Besides the famous Philistine Obed-edom of Gath, who was assigned to safe keep the Ark of the Covenant in his house (2 Samuel 6:10, only here spelled עבד־אדום; the shorter version occurs with a maqqep, or hyphen, three times in 1 Chronicles 13 and 15), there are the three following additional Obed-edoms in the Bible:
- A gatekeeper (1 Chronicles 26:8).
- A Levitical musician (1 Chronicles 16:5).
- A guardian of the sacred vessels (2 Chronicles 25:24).
🔼Etymology of the name Obed-edom
The name Obed-edom obviously consists of two separate elements:
The first part of the name Obed-edom comes from the root עבד (abad), meaning servant or to serve:
The second part of the name Obed-edom comes from the root אדם ('dm), meaning either mankind or ruddy, or refers to Edom:
The name Obed-edom entirely translated becomes Servant Of The Red One, but for a meaning of the name Obed-edom, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Servant Of Edom, and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads Serving Edom.