🔼The name Iphdeiah: Summary
- Yah Will Upgrade, He Will Upgrade To The Standard Of Yah
- From (1) the verb פדה (pada), to upgrade the operating standard, and (2) יה (yah), the abbreviated form of YHWH.
🔼The name Iphdeiah in the Bible
🔼Etymology of the name Iphdeiah
The name Iphdeiah consists of two elements, the final one being יה (yah), which is an abbreviated form of the Tetragrammaton יהוה, YHWH, or Yahweh. The first part of our name is an active form of the verb פדה (pada):
The verb פדה (pada) describes a letting go of an old standard (say, phonetic spelling) and assuming a new one (standardized spelling). The new standard may appear more restrictive at a personal level but it allows a much greater precision and thus basin of exchange and thus liberty at the collective level.
This verb speaks of an individual price paid for collective freedom and is as such often translated as to ransom or redeem. In the stories of the Bible, the old standard often appears as captor or abductor or slave-driving task master.
Nouns פדוים (peduyim), פדות (pedut), פדיום (pidyom), פדיון (pidyon) and פדין (pidyon) all mean ransom or price of redemption.
The name Iphdeiah means He Will Upgrade To The Standard Of Yah, or Yah Will Upgrade. For a meaning of the name Iphdeiah NOBSE Study Bible Name List proposes The Lord Redeems. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names has the similar The Lord Will Redeem [Him]. BDB Theological Dictionary does not offer an interpretation but does list this name under the verb פדה (pada).