Mattan

Mattan

Mattan, in the Bible. 1 Priest of Baal. 2 Father of Shephatiah.
Mattan or Matthan (Hebrew: מַתָּן, today written mostly Matan) is a Hebrew name, mostly for boys, coming from the word 'gift' and literally means "giving". It is part of the title of the Jewish holiday of Shavuot that is also known as "Z'man Mattan Torah" meaning the "time [of the] giving [of the] Torah."

The only Biblical reference for a Mattan as a given name is the story told in Books of Kings about the Baal priest Mattan, killed by the people of the Kingdom of Judea. In the Gospel of Matthew, Matthan is an individual who is the paternal grandfather of Joseph, the father of Jesus.

According to September 2005 there were 2683 citizens in Israel with the name Mattan, with only 15 of them are females and all of the females had a second name. Other popular given names are Mattanel and Mattaniah and Mattaniahu both meaning "Gift of God".

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