I was looking through the list of the spies and I noticed something interesting. Bemidbar 13:4-6:
This of course assumes the deity in question is Hashem. Other theophoric names are possible, simply inserting another deity's name in its place. As I noted in the past, shemi hashem lo nodati lahem is something that we see in these lists of names. Until Yehoshua, we do not see a theophoric name with yahu or yeho. Only el or shaddai in the names. And indeed we see in verse 16 that Moshe calls Hoshea Yehoshua. He seems to be the first with such a name. (Thus: ushmi Hashem lo nadati lahem - see my blogpost here.)
Indeed, some suggest that Moshe's name was Egyptian diety plus MSS, like Ra-MSeS, though see my posts addressing this.
I also pointed out (here) that Achi-Ra ben Einan seems to bear the Egyptian deity's name, and suggested lightly that this might be the basis for the Deuel/Reuel variance in the next of the nesiim's names - after witnessing the Exodus, he changed his name from Ra+El (Ra is Mighty/God) to Da+El (knowing God).
Zaccur is theophoric name, and perhaps the omission of the deity is deliberate. Similarly, perhaps Hoshea was also a theophoric name and Moshe changed it to include Hashem.
What about other theophoric names in the list? Are there any? Two look somewhat suspicious.
|י לְמַטֵּה זְבוּלֻן, גַּדִּיאֵל בֶּן-סוֹדִי.||10 Of the tribe of Zebulun, Gaddiel the son of Sodi.||יא לְמַטֵּה יוֹסֵף, לְמַטֵּה מְנַשֶּׁה--גַּדִּי, בֶּן-סוּסִי.||11 Of the tribe of Joseph, namely, of the tribe of Manasseh, Gaddi the son of Susi.|
|יג לְמַטֵּה אָשֵׁר, סְתוּר בֶּן-מִיכָאֵל.||13 Of the tribe of Asher, Sethur the son of Michael.|
|טו לְמַטֵּה גָד, גְּאוּאֵל בֶּן-מָכִי.||15 Of the tribe of Gad, Geuel the son of Machi.|
Perhaps once again we have deliberate omission of the theophoric element of the theophoric name where the deity was not Hashem.
Are there other names that fit this pattern in the list?
How about pasuk 12:
למַטֵּה דָן, עַמִּיאֵל בֶּן-גְּמַלִּי
Ami + El is the son of Gamli, instead of the name we all know and love, Gamli + El.
There are a few which end in "i," and just perhaps might do with a deity appended.
If so, my light suggestion about Reuel vs. Deuel might have more basis than I initially thought.