The name Jared in the Bible
The name Jared occurs twice in the Bible:
- The better known Jared is generation number six in the line from Seth, the third son of Adam and Eve (Genesis 5:15). He is the son of Mahalalel and father of Enoch, who famously "walked with God" (Genesis 5:22). This Jared is the great-great-grandfather of Noah, and therefore an ancestor of Christ. The evangelist Luke mentions Jared (Ιαρεδ, Iared) in Luke 3:37.
- The lesser known Jared (in some translations known as Jered) is a son of Jehudijah (1 Chronicles 4:18 — although the existence of this name is disputed, see the article on Jehudijah).
Etymology of the name Jared
The name Jared comes from the verb ירד (yarad) a very common verb meaning to go down, descend, decline:
NOBSE Study Bible Name List and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names agree: the name Jared means Descent.