Origin of the name ALONIM.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name ALONIM.
ALONIM (אַלּוֹנִים). The
same as Phoenician Alohnim
(q.v.), meaning "the Gods." It may literally mean
"oaks"; see note below.
... We find in Plautus, alonim
(gods), alonuth (goddesses). Similarly, if I mistake not, ilu,
were gods, and ilut, goddesses. (The Journal of the Royal
Asiatic Society of Great Britain & Ireland, v.19, 1834)
Esmunazar, King of Sidon, son of Tabnith, King of Sidon, grandson of
Esmunazar, King of Sidon; and my mother was Amashtoreth, priestess of
our lady Ashtaroth, the queen, daughter of the King Esmunazar, of Sidon.
We built the temples of the Alonim [the great gods] at Sidon on the
seashore, and all-powerful heaven has made Ashtaroth favourable to
us." (Littell's Living Age, v. 108, 1871)
... This indefiniteness in the
rendering of the various words for tree, their obvious connexion with
the root אול, an the fact that the Phoenicians used
the word alonim for "gods," all go to show that the
Hebrews, in calling certain trees by those names that are so similar,
did not intend to express any botanical distinction, but meant to
indicate the holy character of those trees...(The Expository Times,
Hastings, v.14, 1903)