future childrens’ names

Scott and I have been reading through the Bible in a year on the way to work each morning. (It’s a highlight of my day to carpool with my man!)

We’re in Genesis right now and have laughed pretty hard at some of the names.

I laugh even harder at the way Scott pronounces them, like his mother tongue is Arabic or something.

When reading Genesis 5, we came upon the name Mahalalel, Scott called out like a Middle-Eastern father, “Mahalalel! Mahalalel! Come for dinner!”

Today, we read about Jacob and Esau — and the lesson about how to take lying to a whole ‘nother level — in Genesis 27. We’re reading a Bible that puts everything chronologically, so it puts Genesis and Chronicles together, it took us to 1 Chronicles 1 where we found another great name:


No, I’m not kidding you.

“Mahalalel, Oholibamah, and Steve! Come down for dinner!” Scott says laughing.

I think we’ve landed on our kids’ names.


6 Responses to future childrens’ names

  1. Lisa says:

    Tim and I used to do a “read through the Bible in a year” on our shared commute back in the day (a bazillion years ago). Happy memories. At least sort of–I hated the job, but the commute was nice!

    Oholibamah has always been one of our favorite biblical names to laugh at, too. 🙂

  2. Virginia says:

    You guys crack me u! 🙂

  3. Lisa says:

    You could call him O’bamah for short!
    I also have it on good authority that Mahalalel is Hebrew for “Ron.”

  4. Scott says:

    It looks some band thought it was funny too. They released a song called “Sweet Oholibama”, which is a parody of “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd.

  5. jennifer says:

    I try not to get involved in things that are not my business and I also try to refrain from giving unnecessary unsolicited advice, but as a friend, I feel compelled to say… that you should at least name your other child Stephen as opposed to just Steve, so that he has a fully biblical name.

  6. Jodi says:

    O, holy ‘bama — could it be a prophetic title to the venerated Alabama football team, or Barack after being inducted to the Pope’s Hall of Fame?

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