🔼The name Ethan in the Bible
There are three different men named Ethan in the Bible:
- An Ezrahite, son of Zerah of Judah, whose wisdom had become proverbial to such a degree that Solomon's wisdom was said to supersede that of Ethan (1 Kings 4:31, 1 Chronicles 2:6). This Ethan was quite the poet as well. One of his works became known as Psalm 89. His unwise nephew Achan became known as Achar the Troubler of Israel (Joshua 7:1).
- A musical son of Zimmah of Gershom of Levi (1 Chronicles 6:42).
- A son of Kishi of Merari (1 Chronicles 6:44).
🔼Etymology of the name Ethan
The name Etan is identical to the adjective איתן (etan), meaning ever-flowing or perennial:
For a meaning of the name Ethan, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Perpetuity. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names takes the idea of perpetuity and interprets it according to its application in describing the perpetuity of cities and nations. Hence Jones reads the rather liberal Firmness.