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"וַיֹּאמֶר אַבְרָם ה"א מַה תִּתֶּן לִי וְאָנֹכִי הוֹלֵךְ עֲרִירִי וּבֶן מֶשֶׁק בֵּיתִי הוּא דַּמֶּשֶׂק אֱלִיעֶזֶר." (Gen 15,2)

"וְשֵׁם הָאֶחָד אֱלִיעֶזֶר כִּי אֱלֹהקי אָבִי בְּעֶזְרִי וַיַּצִּלֵנִי מֵחֶרֶב פַּרְעֹה." (Ex 18,4)

The Torah says nothing about why Avraham's slave was called Eliezer, but rather ascribes the explanation to Moses' son. (I titled it "after" not really "in respect to" but chronologically after).

Some questions arise:

  • Why the slave was called (all of sudden) Eliezer?

  • Moses should have known about Avraham's slave, did he call his son after him?

  • Those are the only two Eliezers in the Torah (there are some more in the Nakh) - what's the connection? Like Baal Haturim likes to draw parallels.

  • marginally related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/88995/16354 – רבות מחשבות Feb 14 at 20:08
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    In your title toy suppose he did call his son after the slave. Your second bullet point poses that as a question. – user6591 Feb 14 at 21:12
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    Abraham’s brother and grandfather were both Nachor. Noach’s grandfather and Kayin’s killer were both Lamech. Rivkah’s nursemaid and one of the prophetesses were both Devorah. There’s lots of names duplicated in Tanach; why does this one in particular surprise you? – DonielF Feb 15 at 1:13
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    @JoelK when providing hints please elaborate what point does it prove. THe Midrash says the Gematria of Eliezer is 318, so what? – Al Berko Feb 16 at 16:28
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    @JoelK A good point, how do we continue from here? – Al Berko Feb 16 at 19:17

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