🔼The name Amok: Summary
- Deep, Inscrutable
- From the verb עמק ('amoq), to be deep or hidden.
🔼The name Amok in the Bible
There's probably only one man named Amok in the Bible, but he's mentioned twice. Amok was a priest and Levitical family head who returned from the Babylonian exile together with Zerubbabel and Jeshua (Nehemiah 12:7). By the time Jeshua's son Joiakim became high priest, the family of Amok was headed by a man named Eber (Nehemiah 12:20).
🔼Etymology of the name Amok
The name Amok comes from the verb עמק ('amoq), meaning to be deep or hidden:
The verb עמק ('amoq) means to be deep or hidden. Noun עמק ('emeq) means valley and noun עמק ('omeq) means depth. Adjectives עמק ('ameq) and עמק ('amoq) mean deep, hidden or unintelligible. Plural noun מעמקים (ma'amaqqim) refers to scary depths.
For a meaning of the name Amok, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Deep, Inscrutable and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes simply Deep. BDB Theological Dictionary does not offer an interpretation of our name but does list it under the verb עמק ('amoq), meaning to be deep or hidden.