🔼The name Col-hozeh in the Bible
There are one or two men named Col-hozeh in the Bible:
- The father of Shallum, who was the post-exilic official of the district of Mizpah, and in charge of the repairs made to Jerusalem's Fountain Gate and the wall of the Pool of Shelah (Nehemiah 3:15).
- The father of Baruch (not the famous one) and grandfather of Maaseiah of Judah, who was one of the people who went to live in Jerusalem after the return from Babylon (Nehemiah 11:5).
It's not clear whether Shallum and Baruch were brothers or that there were two men named Col-hozeh living at approximately the same time.
🔼Etymology of the name Col-hozeh
The name Col-hozeh obviously consists of two elements. The first part of our name is the noun כל (kol), meaning all or the whole, from the verb כלל (kalal), meaning to complete or make perfect:
The second part of our name comes from the verb חזה (haza I), meaning to look or see:
For a meaning of the name Col-hozeh, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads All-Seeing and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names has the similar All-Seer.
BDB Theological Dictionary does not interpret our name and doesn't even list it under the verb כלל but alphabetically after כלח, which is the name Calah. It's not clear whether this means that BDB rejects this name's obvious explanation, but whatever BDB's arguments would be, a Hebrew audience would probably disagree with them and readily read All-seeing, or something similar, into our name.
Note that the phrase כל־חזה occurs in 2 Kings 17:13 with the meaning of "every seer".