🔼The name Ahisamach: Summary
- My Brother Supports, Brother Of Support
- From (1) the noun אח ('ah), brother, and (2) the verb סמך (samak), to support.
🔼The name Ahisamach in the Bible
There's only one man named Ahisamach in the Bible, and we know about him because of his famous son: Oholiab of Dan, who was appointed by God to create much of the tabernacle (Exodus 31:6). The other worker on the tabernacle was Bezalel, son of Uri of Judah.
🔼Etymology of the name Ahisamach
The name Ahisamach consists of two elements. The first part comes from the word אח ('ah), meaning brother or figuratively friend or close associate. The letter yod makes it possessive: my brother, or brother of:
The noun אח ('ah) means brother, or more broadly: a fellow member of a social economic node (a "house") within a broader economic whole.
This word's lavish inclusion in names strongly suggests that the deity was reckoned by this word — in modern times we mostly speak of Our Father in Heaven but in antiquity the deity appears to have also been addressed as Our Brother. The New Testament appears to entertain that dynamic in the tenet that the Word is God's Son, and all who have the Word are godly brothers. Also note the similarity with the verb חוה (hawa), to show, tell, make known.
The noun אחוה ('ahawa) means brotherhood and אחות ('ahot) means sister.
The second part of the name Ahisamach comes from the verb סמך (samak), meaning to lean upon or support:
The verb סמך (samak) means to support, lean or lay upon (as in the phrase "the laying on of hands"). Noun סמך (samekh), support, is the name of the fifteenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet: the ס. The tenth letter, י (yod), means "hand."
For a meaning of the name Ahisamach, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads My Brother Supports. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes Brother Of Support, and BDB Theological Dictionary has My Brother Has Supported.