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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), 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:

Abarim Publications Theological Dictionary

The second part of the name Obed-edom comes from the root אדם ('dm), meaning either mankind or ruddy, or refers to Edom:

Abarim Publications Theological Dictionary

Obed-edom meaning

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.

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