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Joel

[joh-uh l] /ˈdʒoʊ əl/
noun
1.
a Minor Prophet of the postexilic period.
2.
a book of the Bible bearing his name.
3.
a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “the Lord is God.”.
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British Dictionary definitions for Joel

Joel

/ˈdʒəʊəl/
noun (Old Testament)
1.
a Hebrew prophet
2.
the book containing his oracles
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Word Origin and History for Joel

masc. proper name, from Hebrew Yoh'el, name of a minor Old Testament prophet, literally "the Lord is God;" the same name as Elijah (q.v.) but with the elements reversed. But the personal name that became common in Devon and Cornwall and the Breton districts of Yorkshire and the Eastern Counties immediately after the Conquest is from Old Breton Iudhael, from Iud- "chief, lord" + hael "generous." It is the source of the modern British surname Joel, as well as Jewell, Joule, and Jolson.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Joel in the Bible

Jehovah is his God. (1.) The oldest of Samuel's two sons appointed by him as judges in Beersheba (1 Sam. 8:2). (See VASHNI Ø(n/a).) (2.) A descendant of Reuben (1 Chr. 5:4,8). (3.) One of David's famous warriors (1 Chr. 11:38). (4.) A Levite of the family of Gershom (1 Chr. 15:7, 11). (5.) 1 Chr. 7:3. (6.) 1 Chr. 27:20. (7.) The second of the twelve minor prophets. He was the son of Pethuel. His personal history is only known from his book.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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