[DWJ] Abdullah

Colin Fine colin at kindness.demon.co.uk
Tue Sep 26 20:11:58 EDT 2006


Sally Odgers wrote:
> Philip says...
> PS Abdullah is sometimes spelt "Abdallah".  Do the last two syllables
> mean "God"?
>
> I think so. However, "ab" is "father". I suppose "Ab-el" would be 
> "Father God".
>
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"'ab" is "father', but as somebody else pointed out "'abd" is "servant, 
slave". Obadiah ('obed yah) is an exact counterpart to Abdullah.

If you mean that 'Abel' is 'ab-el', it isn't. The Hebrew is 'Habel' 
(actually,  'Havel').

Colin



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