🔼The name Gederathite: Summary
- Someone From Gederoth, Someone Who Puts Up Walls, Blocker
- From a plural of the noun גדרה (gedera), wall.
🔼The name Gederathite in the Bible
There's only one Gederathite mentioned in the Bible and that's David's mighty-man Jozabad the Gederathite (1 Chronicles 12:4). This man probably came from Gederoth, or else from Gederothaim or Gedor (or perhaps even from an ancestor named Geder, or something like that).
🔼Etymology of the name Gederathite
The ethnonym Gederathite ultimately derives from a plural of the noun גדרה (gedera) or גדרת (gederet), meaning wall:
The verb גדר (gadar) means to wall up; to build a wall to separate innies from outies, and to check any movement between the two. Curiously, this verb is used predominantly in a figurative sense, i.e. to describe a containment of thoughts, deeds, intentions or developments.
Contrarily, the nouns גדר (gader), גדרה (gedera) and גדרת (gederet) all describe the item built and refer predominantly to literal walls and enclosures such as sheepfolds.
A Hebrew ethnonym is an adjective, and the name Gederathite, meaning Someone From Gederoth, also means Wally or by implication: Obstructer.