I'm studying Judges and
ran across your study. im excited about this find but i cant find
anything to back up Ehud, means ‘I will give praise’, or ‘I will
give thanks’. or Gera chew the cud
Can you share where i can verify this?
thanks thanks for the email and glad
you enjoy the studies. It has been quite a few years since I wrote the
Judges studies so I can't say exactly what I was looking at back then,
but as a general rule I get the meanings of the names from the
A dictionary of proper names by J.B Jackson
Hitchcocks Bible Names Dictionary
Jones Dictionary of Old Testament
And I also have a nosey at what Strong's
Concordance and Easton's Bible Dictionary have to say.
Concerning some names (especially uncommon names), it should be noted
that the dictionaries are not always consistent (as you have probably
seen!) - be nice if this were an exact science but that doesn't seem
to always be the case. But for the most part I have trusted the top
So... the names you mentioned:
contains two meanings for this name: 'undivided, union' OR 'I will
give thanks, praise.'
Hitchcock - 'He that praises'
Easton say United and Union respectively.
I also have an old book
on Judges by a brethren writer called Samuel Ridout. He says that Ehud
means 'praise' or 'confession'
Jackson - gives three names: the cud, a grain, pilgrimage
Hitchcock: pilgrimage, combat; dispute
Jones: 'rumination' - the
food which animals bring up to chew, commonly called the cud.
Strongs: a grain
Annotated Bible Commentary and Believers Bible
Commentary: Meditation (likely from the thought to chew something
And while we're at it... another tricky one:
- 'a bull calf'
Hitchcock - 'heifer' or 'round'
Ridout's book on
Judges - circuit, circle
Strong's - 'calf like' - with the root
word meaning 'circular', 'round'
So I hope that helps. May
have confused you more! : ) These names do have more than one meaning
given by the sources unfortunately but at least you'll see where I got
my info from. I should actually update that study to give the source
of the name meanings.
All the best!