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The 1901 Jewish Encyclopedia

Ichabod

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Son of Phinehas and grandson of Eli. Born after the death in battle of his father and the tragic death of his grandfather, he was named "Ichabod" ( = particle of negation = "glory") by his dying mother, who exclaimed at the same time, "The glory is departed from Israel" (1Samuel 4:14-22 ). Thus, his very name embodied a memorial of a great battle which resulted disastrously for Israel.

The Septuagint rendering of "Ichabod"— "wo to the glory of Israel "— points to a similar origin ( = "wo" comp. Ecclesiastes 10:16 ). The name occurs but once besides, in 1Samuel 14:3 , where Ahijah, son of Ahitub, Ichabod's (evidently elder) brother, is mentioned as a priest. The description of Ahitub as "Ichabod's brother" is evidence that Ichabod was a priest of recognized importance in Israel at this period.

E. G. H. I. M. P.

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Singer, Isidore, Ph.D, Projector and Managing Editor. Entry for 'Ichabod'. 1901 The Jewish Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/tje/i/ichabod.html. 1901.

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