🔼The name Ammishaddai: Summary
- My Kinsman Is Shaddai
- From (1) the noun עם ('am), people or kinsman, and (2) the name Shaddai, probably from the root שדד (shadad).
🔼The name Ammishaddai in the Bible
In Numbers 1:12, 2:25, 7:66, 7:71 this name is written as one word (עמישדי) and only in Numbers 10:25 as two (עמי שדי).
🔼Etymology of the name Ammishaddai
The name Ammishaddai consists of two elements. The first part of our name comes from the root group עמם:
The verb עמם ('mm) probably expressed to be inclusive or comprehensive. Its rare uses in the Bible relate to making secrets or making info available to an in-crowd. Preposition עם ('im) means 'with', מעם (me'im) means 'from', and עמה ('umma) means 'beside'. Noun עם ('am) means a people, ranging from all of mankind to the in-crowd of a small village. Noun עם ('am) refers to one's (paternal) kinsman.
The final letter י (yod) creates a possessive form: my kinsman.
The second part of the name Ammishaddai is the divine name Shaddai. This name is generally considered to mean Almighty, but that's disputable. Please see our article on the name Shaddai for more details.
For a meaning of the name Ammishaddai, NOBSE Study Bible Name List proposes My Kinsman Is The Almighty, Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads People Of The Almighty and BDB Theological Dictionary has My Kinsman Is Shaddai.