🔼The name Hamon-gog: Summary
- Multitude Of The Rooftop(s)
- From (1) the noun המון (hamon), a large group of noisy people, and (2) the noun גג (gag), rooftop.
🔼The name Hamon-gog in the Bible
The name Hamon-gog appears twice in the Bible, but in one context. Through the prophet Ezekiel, YHWH foretells the battle of Gog against Israel, which would result in the destruction of Gog and the glorification of the Lord (Ezekiel 38:16). The people of Gog are told that they will die on the mountains and in the open fields of Israel (39:4-5); their armory would fuel fires for seven years and their bodies and bones would be buried during seven months.
This mass burial site would be located in a valley that was known as the passage by the east of the sea, possibly the same as the valley of Zephathah (says BDB Theological Dictionary), but would be renamed as the valley of Hamon-gog for the occasion (39:11, 39:15). An associated city would be dubbed Hamonah (39:16).
🔼Etymology of the name Hamon-gog
The name Hamon-gog consists of two elements. The first part of our name comes from the noun המון (hamon), denoting a large group of noisy people:
The masculine pronouns הם (hem) and המה (hemma) mean "they." The feminine versions are הנה (henna) and הן (hen). The singular versions (meaning he and she) are הוא (hu) and היא (hi).
The similar verb המה (hama) means to be noisy, and that particularly of a "them". The derived masculine noun המון (hamon) denotes a noisy multitude.
The verb נהה (naha) means to wail or lament, and is probably onomatopoeic, after the sound of crying. Nouns נהי (nehi), נהיה (nihya), ני (ni) and הי (hi) all describe forms of wailing.
The verb נהם (naham) describes a muffled groaning. Nouns נהם (naham) and נהמה (nehama) mean a growling.
The noun נאם (ne'um) describes a labored utterance of a prophet in trance. Denominative verb נאם (na'am), means to utter a prophetic utterance.
The second part of our name is the same as the name Gog, and that name probably comes from the noun גג (gag), usually meaning roof:
The noun גג (gag) means rooftop, but since a society was a "house," its "rooftop" referred to that society's governing council. Note that the information technology that currently drives our society began in the Bronze Age with the invention of the alphabet and hyper-complex fractalic narration.
The name Hamon-gog means The Multitude Of Gog (NOBSE Study Bible Name List and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names agree), but more complete would be Multitude Of The Rooftop(s).