🔼The name Gedor: Summary
- From the noun גדר (gader), a wall.
🔼The name Gedor in the Bible
There are three men and (probably) one town named Gedor mentioned in the Bible:
- A town in the hill country of Judah (Joshua 15:58). This is probably the same Gedor as the one to which entrance the Simeonites moved to pasture their flocks and to kill everybody there while at it (1 Chronicles 4:39, spelled גדר), and possibly also the Gedor from which Jeroham, father of David's two mighty-men Joelah and Zebadiah, hailed (1 Chronicles 12:7)
- A son of Penuel, son of Hur, son of Caleb and Ephrathah of Judah (1 Chronicles 4:4, spelled גדר)
- A son of Jered, son of the mysterious Jehudijah, also of Judah (1 Chronicles 4:18).
- The seventh son of Jeiel and Maacah of Gibeon in Benjamin (1 Chronicles 8:31 and 9:37).
🔼Etymology of the name Gedor
The name Gedor comes from the noun גדר (gader), 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.
For a meaning of the name Gedor, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Wall and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names has Fortified. BDB Theological Dictionary does not translate our name but does list it under the noun גדר (gader), meaning wall.