🔼The name Oded in the Bible
There are two men named Oded in the Bible, and they are both prophets and both only mentioned in the book of 2 Chronicles:
- The father of Azariah, whose message to king Asa of Judah instigated wide-spread reforms in the territories of Judah, Benjamin and Ephraim (2 Chronicles 15:1, 15:8; only in 15:1 spelled עודד).
- A prophet who worked during the reign of king Ahaz of Judah. This king Ahaz worshipped idols and sacrificed his children and for that YHWH gave him and his people over to the Israelites. The Israelites abducted 200,000 women and children and took them to Samaria, but Oded addressed them and convinced them to treat them humanely and let them go, whereupon the Israelites clothed and fed them and marched them to Jericho (2 Chronicles 28:9).
🔼Etymology of the name Oded
The name Oded comes from the verb עוד (ud) meaning to return or repeat:
For a meaning of the name Oded, Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads Setting Up, Established and BDB Theological Dictionary proposes Restorer. NOBSE Study Bible Name List does not interpret this name.