🔼The name Abdi: Summary
- My Servant, Servile, Servant of Yah
- From the verb עבד ('abad), to work or serve, possibly extended with the name of the Lord: יה (yah).
🔼The name Abdi in the Bible
There are two men named Abdi in the Bible, both relatively late in the narrative:
🔼Etymology of the name Abdi
The name Abdi is constructed from the root עבד ('abad), meaning servant or to serve:
The verb עבד ('abad) means to work or serve, and the noun עבד ('ebed) denotes someone who works: from a slave to a hired expert. The Greek equivalent of this noun is δουλος (doulos).
The final letter yod may be a possessive, rendering Abdi the meaning of My Servant or Servile. The name Abdi may also be seen as a truncated form of עבדיה (Obadiah), which means that the final yod is a remnant of יה (Yah) = יהו (Yahu) = יו (Yu), which in turn are abbreviated forms of the Tetragrammaton יהוה, YHWH or Yahweh.
BDB Theological Dictionary reads Servant of Yah, and NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Servant Of Yahweh. Alfred Jones (Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names) is a bit more proper and reads Servant, i.e. of God