🔼The name Azriel: Summary
- Help Of God
- From (1) the verb עזר (azar), to help, and (2) the word אל ('el), God.
🔼The name Azriel in the Bible
The Azriels of the Bible are:
🔼Etymology of the name Azriel
The name Azriel consists of two elements. The first part of the name comes from the Hebrew verb עזר (azar), meaning to help or support:
The verb עזר ('azar), means to help or support, and is often used in military contexts, or to describe God's proverbial help. The nouns עזר ('azar) and עזרה ('ezra) both mean help. A much rarer but identically spelled noun עזרה ('azara) means enclosure and comes probably from an other root.
In names אל ('el) usually refers to אלהים ('elohim), that is Elohim, or God, also known as אלה ('eloah). In English, the words 'God' and 'god' exclusively refer to the deity but in Hebrew the words אל ('l) and אלה ('lh) are far more common and may express approach and negation, acts of wailing and pointing, and may even mean oak or terebinth.
For a meaning of the name Azriel, Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads Help Of God; NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads God Is A Help. BDB Theological Dictionary takes the central yod to be a possessive and reads My Strength Is El.