🔼The name Uzziel in the Bible
The name Uzziel is assigned to five different men in the Bible:
- The first Uzziel we meet is a son of Kohath, the son of Levi (Exodus 6:18). This Uzziel is the patriarch of the Uzzielite sub-clan (Numbers 3:27).
- The Simeonite captain and son of Ishi who destroyed the last of the Amalekites (1 Chronicles 4:42).
- The son of Harhaiah, who was a gold smith working on the second temple (Nehemiah 3:8).
- The son of Bela, the son of Benjamin (1 Chronicles 7:7).
- One of fourteen sons of Heman and a musician in the temple service at the time of king David (1 Chronicles 25:4). This Uzziel is named Azarel in 1 Chronicles 25:18.
🔼Etymology of the name Uzziel
The first part of the name Uzziel comes from the Hebrew verb עזז ('azaz), meaning to be strong:
The yod in the middle is probably a possessive; my strength, or strength of.
For a meaning of the name Uzziel, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads God Is My Strength. BDB Theological Dictionary reads My Strength Is El. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names has Strength Of God.
A famous modern bearer of this name is Uziel Gal — whose name is commonly transliterated with only one z, but which is identical to the Biblical name Uzziel. Uziel Gal is the designer of the notorious Uzi weapon.