Bible names

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Sadly, the Bible seems to be ripe with puns & wordplay, some admitted, but many being secret inside jokes by the aristocracy. Often, a Biblical name has 2 explanations: One that fits the story, and one that hints at some aristocratic joke underneath. That may be the reason many Biblical names are also popular aristocratic names.

Please read my disclaimer on religion, and the introduction to puns.

Adam

puns with “likeness” & “in disguise of”

Ahasuerus

puns with “perceived ruler” (as opposed to real one)

Ashkenaz

means “hidden lord” or “finance person”

Delilah

puns with “weakening” by “tearing off” a veil

Elohim

means “rulers”

Esther

means “hidden” & “veil”

Eve

puns with “life”, “show”, and “snake”

Garden Eden

may be a pun with “hidden luxury”

Haman

puns with “the crowds” & “the masses”

Isaac

means “actor”, derived from “playing” & “mockery”

Israel

is a multi-pun meaning “masked wealth”, “veiled ruler”, “godseed”

Jew

means “leader” & “majesty”

Joseph

means “debt” & “forgery”

Levi

means “moneylender”, and puns with “mocking” & “playing”

Maria

is the female form “lady” as in “lord”, and puns with “imitation”

Mitsraim

means Egypt, but is spelled like “the slaves”

Mordecai

may pun with “legal master” & “feigning innocence”

Noah

means “leader” & “eminency”

Philistines

puns with “investigation” & “detection”

Samson

can be read as “masked power”, “veiled one”, “locks of disguise”

Satan

is a multi-pun of all words written S-T-N

Simeon

puns with “playing” & “joking”

Vashti

puns with “exposed” & “disgraced”