🔼The name Eliada in the Bible
There are three men named Eliada in the Bible:
- One of the lesser known sons of king David, who is mentioned among the eleven sons who were born to him in Jerusalem (2 Samuel 5:16). The same list of names occurs in 1 Chronicles 3:8, and again in 1 Chronicles 14:7, except that now Eliada is called Beeliada. It happens a few times in the Bible that a name that consists of the name Baal became changed to something else.
- The father of Rezon, who had fled from king Hadadezer of Zobah, and whom God raised as a satan to Solomon, because the latter had turned away from YHWH and had began to serve idols (1 Kings 11:23).
- A Benjaminite commander of 200,000 archers in service of king Jehoshaphat (2 Chronicles 17:17).
🔼Etymology of the name Eliada
The second element of our name comes from the verb ידע (yada'), meaning to know:
For a meaning of the name Eliada, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads God Has Known. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes Whom God Knows. And BDB Theological Dictionary proposes God Knows.