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Oholibah meaning

אהליבה
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🔼The name Oholibah in the Bible

The name Oholibah (or Aholibah, according to some translations) occurs only in the story of the two wayward daughters, as recorded by the prophet Ezekiel. In Ezekiel 23, the Lord dictates Ezekiel His parable in which He compares Oholah, the oldest of two daughters, with Samaria and Oholibah with Jerusalem.

The two women, who are betrothed to YHWH, first play the harlot with Egypt, but rapidly incline their lewd attentions to their lovers Assyria and Babylon. The Lord, being a jealous God, promises to arouse her lovers against them to ravish them, so that they will know that He is their God.

🔼Etymology of the name Oholibah

The name Oholibah consists of four separate elements. The first part comes from the noun אהל (ohel), meaning tent:

The second element is the suffix י (yod) which creates a possessive form of the word it's suffixed to; in this case the word ohel.

The third element is the particle ב (be) meaning in:

And the fourth element is the feminine pronominal suffix ה (he), meaning her.

🔼Oholibah meaning

For a meaning of the name Oholibah, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads My Tent Is In Her. BDB Theological Dictionary appears to leave out the central yod and proposes Tent In Her. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads Tent Of The High Place (for Aholibah).

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