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Meaning and etymology of the name Uzziel
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).
Then there are Uzziel the Simeonite captain and son of Ishi who destroyed the last of the Amalekites (1 Chronicles 4:42),
Uzziel the son of Harhaiah, who was a gold smith working on the second temple (Nehemiah 3:8).
Uzziel the son of Bela, the son of Benjamin (1 Chronicles 7:7), and finally
Uzziel one of fourteen sons of Heman and a musician in the temple service at the time of king David (1 Chronicles 25:4, named Azarel in verse 18).
The name Uzziel is a compilation of two elements. The final part is equal to the name El, the abbreviated form of Elohim, denoting the genus God.
The yod in the middle is probably a possessive; my strength.
For a meaning of the name Uzziel, NOBS 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.
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