🔼The name Gaal: Summary
- From the verb געל (ga'al), to loathe or abhor.
🔼The name Gaal in the Bible
The name Gaal is unique in the Bible. Gaal is a son of Ebed and he leads an insurrection against Abimelech, the son of Gideon, which results in the death of all the townspeople of Shechem (Judges 9:22-49).
🔼Etymology of the name Gaal
The name Gaal comes from the verb געל (ga'al), meaning to loathe or abhor:
The verb געל (ga'al) means to loathe or abhor. Noun געל (go'al) means a loathing. Verb גאל I (ga'al I) means to redeem and the substantially used participle גאל (go'el) means Redeemer. Identical noun גאל II (ga'al II) means to defile or pollute. Noun גאל (go'el) means defilement.
The NOBSE Study Bible Name List and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names agree (and that is rare): the name Gaal means Loathing.