🔼The name Zedad: Summary
- Siding, Averting
- From the noun צד (sad), side or flank.
🔼The name Zedad in the Bible
The next town Ezekiel mentions is Hammath and some scholars propose that Ezekiel's "entrance of Zedad, Hamath..". may have something to do with Lebo-hamath, as mentioned first in Numbers 13:21. Another town close to Hammath is Ziddim (Joshua 19:35), which may or may not be the same town as Zedad.
🔼Etymology of the name Zedad
The name Zedad appears to derive from the verb צדד (sdd), but it's not known what that verb may have meant in Hebrew:
The unused verb צדד (sadad) probably meant to turn away or shun. In the Bible only the noun צד (sad) is used, and it means side (of a person, town, mountain, and so on).
For a meaning of the name Zedad, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Siding. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes a rather dubious A Mountain and slightly more befitting but still askew Side Of A Mountain. BDB Theological Dictionary does not offer an interpretation of this name but does confidently list it under the root צדד (sdd).