is one of the 12 minor prophets
The name O•vad•yah, Obadiah, is perhaps the best representation of a name-fate connection that we witness in so many Hebrew names. The second part of this name includes God’s name (‘Yah’) just as you hear in the phrase Hallelujah (Ha•lle•lu•yah, in Hebrew). The first part of the prophet’s name is derived from the root O.V.D (Ayin, Vet, Dalet), which means ‘a servant.’ The name, O•vad•yah, has the meaning of ‘the servant of…’. The full name, in proper English translation, means ‘the servant of God,’ or ‘God’s Servant’. This is exactly the purpose and the fate of the prophet.