🔼The name Gidom: Summary
- A Cutting Off, Exterminating
- From the verb גדע (gada'), to hew down or cut off.
🔼The name Gidom in the Bible
The name Gidom occurs once in the Bible (Judges 20:45). It belongs to the place where 2,000 Benjaminites were killed on account of the atrocities committed in Gibeah, where a group of Benjaminites gang-raped a woman from Bethlehem to death (Judges 19).
🔼Etymology of the name Gidom
The name Gidom appears to be an intensive form derived from the verb גדע (gada'), meaning to hew or cut off:
The verb גדע (gada') means to hew down or cut off, mostly of religious regalia and holy trees and such. Strikingly, there are no nouns formed from this verb, suggesting that whatever was cut off, was no longer discussed and even cut off from speech itself.
For a meaning of the name Gidom, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads A Cutting Off. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names has Cutting Down or Exterminating. BDB Theological Dictionary does not interpret our name but does list it under the root גדע (gada').