she is the daughter of one of the many Zechariah’s in the Bible, and the mother of king Hezekiah and wife of king Ahaz of Judah (2 Kings 18:2). In the parallel text of 2 Chronicles 29:1, she is called Abijah.
Etymology of the name Abi
The name Abi consists of a word that is among the most frequently occurring in names: אב (ab), meaning father:
- One Abiel the Arbathite is mentioned among David’s mighty-men in 1 Chronicles 11:32. But in 2 Samuel 23:31 he’s called Abi-albon.
- The other Abiel is the father of Kish and grandfather of king Saul, and the father of Ner, Saul’s uncle and grandfather of Abner, the son of Ner, according to 1 Samuel 9:1 and 14:50-51. But in 1 Chronicles 8:33 and 9:39, not Abiel but Ner is listed as the father of Kish, and Abiel is not mentioned. It happens a few times in the Bible that people are known by two completely different names, so Saul’s grandfather may have been called Abiel by some and Ner by others. Still, Gesenius, Alfred Jones and BDB Theological Dictionary declare Abiel the grandfather and Ner the uncle of Saul.
Etymology of the name Abiel
The name Abiel consists of two very common name-elements. The first element is the noun אב (ab), meaning father:
The name satan in the Bible
The qualities and character of the creature known as satan are almost all debatable. He is thought to be acherub or ex-cherub but there’s very little proof of that, and he’s been expelled from heaven (Job 1:6, Revelation 12:9). We know that he led an insurrection, but it is highly unlikely that his following is organized in the way that God’s following is organized. Suffice to say that he poses no threat to God and is certainly not an equal counter-pole.
Christ’s victory over satan at His resurrection is a victory obtained for mankind. There is no indication that God and satan ever came to blows personally. Satan is not omnipresent and not omnipotent or omniscient. He has no ability to create, and indications are myriad that he is not even able to govern or manage any large number of creatures (see our all-telling article on the name Beelzebub).
Nothing that is commonly ascribed to satan (darkness, fire, evil) actually belongs to satan, as everything belongs to God; the entire world (Psalm 24:1), and all souls (Ezekiel 18:4). And believe it or not: even the name Lucifer does not belong to satan.
The functional essence of satan may even have originated in a true purpose; the trying and hence actualizing of the potential of God’s creation. In the Book of Job (which in itself is monstrously complicated and difficult to place, especially chronologically) satan is still allowed an audience with God and God renders him a specifically limited authority to try Job. Satan goes at it and doesn’t cross the line, and perhaps this is why satan is not rebuked in the Book of Job. In stead, in the conclusion of Job’s story it reads, “…they consoled him and comforted him for all the evil that the Lord had brought on him”.
The events surrounding the Fall Of Man (Genesis 3) may be understood as satan violating a specific limitation set by God: see what they’ll come up with but don’t make them feed off the Tree Of Knowledge Of Good And Evil. What exactly went wrong we don’t know, but satan became proud and may have even tried a coup against God. The arch-angel Michael (means Who Is Like God? Or: What’s God Like?) engaged satan and his squad and cast them out.
These things are very difficult and are certainly not easily explained in any common terms. (What may help is to imagine heavenly causality to rest upon space-time causality the way a cube sits on a flat square that forms one of its sides.)
Finally we note that satan has a much larger and romantic and defined role in general culture than in the Bible, and we stress again that the Bible certainly does not support the dualistic idea that the realm of darkness eternally battles the realm of light. Satan is not God’s counter-pole.
The name satan appears in two forms in the Greek New Testament: once as Σαταν (Satan; 2 Corinthians 12:7) and thirty-four times as Σατανας (Satanas; Matthew 4:10, Mark 1:13, Revelation 20:7).
Etymology of the name satan
The name satan, שטן (satan) is identical to the noun שטן (satan) meaning adversary:
For a meaning of the name satan, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Adversary. Jones’ Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names does not translate.
The name Beelzebub in the Bible
Beelzebul is the English transliteration of the Greek word for Baal Zebub, and Beelzebub is a bit of a hybrid of the two. Beelzebub, or Beelzebul, is the New Testament name for satan, a.k.a the devil (Matthew 10:25).
Etymology of the name Beelzebub
Confusion has ensued after Hillary Clinton’s running mate Tim Kaine told reporters on Friday that he supports the Hyde Amendment just days after spokespersons said that Kaine stood behind Clinton’s goal to repeal it.
As previously reported, a spokesperson for Clinton stated this week that Kaine, a Roman Catholic who personally opposes abortion but believes women should have the “right to choose,” advised that he would support the repeal of the Hyde Amendment.
“He has said that he will stand with Secretary Clinton to defend a woman’s right to choose, to repeal the Hyde Amendment,” the unnamed spokesperson stated.