Where did the name Moab come from?


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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
Moab was conceived as a result of the elder daughter of Abraham's nephew Lot making Lot drunk and then having sexual relations with him in order to be able to bear children after God's destruction of Sodom (where Lot and his daughters had lived).

The "-ab" portion of Moab's name is found in other BIblical contexts with the meaning of "father" (indicating Moab's parentage by Lot), but the rest of the name's etymology has been a matter of dispute. Some authorities interpret Moab's full name as meaning "from my father", "seed of a father", or as a participial form of a verb meaning "to desire". One authority regards the name as a corruption of Immo-ab, meaning "his mother is his father".

In addition, some commentators have regarded the immodesty of Moab's name (with respect to its reference to the manner of Moab's conception) as a reason that God did not forbid the Israelites from inflicting pain upon the Moabites, as He did with the Ammonites (Deuteronomy 2:19), who were descended from Ben-Ammi (meaning "son of my kin"), the son whom Lot unknowingly conceived with his younger daughter.

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In Old Testament accounts (e.g., Genesis 19:30–38), the Moabites belonged to the same ethnic stock as the Israelites. Their ancestral founder was "Moab", a son of Lot, who was a nephew of the Israelite patriarch Abraham. Moab and Ammon were born to Lot and Lot's elder and younger daughters, respectively, in the aftermath of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. The Bible refers to both the Moabites and Ammonites as Lot's sons, born of incest with his daughters (Genesis 19:37–38). Having lived surrounded by perversion, they now betrayed their own father who had chosen such a place for their home. 

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The Hebrew: Mow’ab (H4124), is used in English as Moab that means, "from my father", explicitly pointing to the union as an incestuous one. The second one is called Ben-ammi, in Hebrew: ben-’ammiy (H1151), son of my people (cp. Hos. 2:1). Begotten in shame, both sons had a shameful history (Num. 22--24; Dt. 2:9,19; Judg. 3,11; 1Sam. 11; 2Sam. 8,10), and both were cursed (Dt. 23:3; Neh. 13:1,23-25; Isa. 11:14; Zeph. 2). 

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