Definitions for joelˈdʒoʊ əl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Joel(noun)

    a Hebrew minor prophet

  2. Joel, Book of Joel(noun)

    an Old Testament book telling Joel's prophecies


  1. Joel(ProperNoun)

    A book of the Old Testament and the Hebrew Tanakh.

  2. Joel(ProperNoun)

    A minor prophet, a son of Samuel, and other Old Testament persons.

  3. Origin: Hebrew "Yahweh (is) God". As a medieval French and English given name, it is also a rendering of the Breton saint's name Judicaël ( related to Joyce and Jocelyn).


  1. Joel

    Joel was a prophet of ancient Israel, the second of the twelve minor prophets and the author of the Book of Joel. He is mentioned by name only once in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, in the introduction to his own brief book, as the son of Pethuel. The name Joel combines the covenant name of God, YHWH, and el, and has been translated as "one to whom YHWH is God," that is, a worshipper of YHWH. The dates of his life are unknown; he may have lived anywhere from the 9th century BC to the 5th century BCE, depending on the dating of his book. The book's mention of Greeks has not given scholars any help in dating the text since the Greeks were known to have had access to Judah from Mycenaean times. However, the book's mention of Judah's suffering and to the standing temple has led some scholars to place the date of the book in the post-exilic period, after the construction of the Second Temple. Joel was originally from Judah/Judea, and, judging from its prominence in his prophecy, was quite possibly a prophet associated with the ritual of the Jerusalem temple. According to a long-standing tradition, Joel was buried in Gush Halav.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Joel

    a Hebrew prophet, author of a book of the Old Testament that bears his name, and which is of uncertain date, but is written on the great broad lines of all Hebrew prophecy, and reads us the same moral lesson, that from the judgments of God there is no outlet for the sinner except in repentance, and that in repentance lies the pledge of deliverance from all evil and of the enjoyment of all good.

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