He commented on the widespread use of theophorous proper names in ancient times, "however startling to modern ideas" (Smith, 1907; see also Faulkner, 2008, p.
For the use of theophorous given names, Mozart can serve as a good example: He called himself Amadeus, Theophilus, or Gottlieb, at different times, all meaning either the lover or the beloved of god (same as Habibullah).
Again, not surprisingly, many of the surviving priestly names are theophorous
in nature, with the name of Khonsu the favored divine element.
Often it is not the jealous God of Calvinistic clericalism that translators had adopted, or thought they were adopting, for the vernacular scriptures, but the polyonymous deity of the tribe, resplendent with theophorous
Zadok even more cautiously says, "A theophorous
element can be either a divine name or an epithet with numinous connotation," Israelite Anthroponymy, 178.
Does Eriba-[supd]Am-ma end in a West Semitic theophorous element (cf.
Ku-kul-me is perhaps Elamite with a Hurrian theophorous element (see Zadok 1987, 14).