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Asharelah-Jesharelah meaning

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🔼The names Asharelah and Jesharelah in the Bible

The names Asharelah (אשראלה) and Jesharelah (אשראלה) both occur just once in the Bible, and they appear to be applied to the same man, namely one of the musical sons of the famous composer Asaph, who would prophesy under the direction of kings David and Solomon (Asharelah; 1 Chronicles 25:2). When the remaining musical duties were assigned, this person (now called Jesharelah) caught the seventh lot for him and his relatives (1 Chronicles 25:14).

🔼Etymology of the names Asharelah and Jesharelah

The names Asharelah and Jesharelah both consist of two elements. The first part of Jesharelah comes from the verb ישר (yashar), meaning to be level or straight, and the first part of Asharelah comes from the similar verb אשר ('ashar), meaning to go straight:

The final parts of our names are the same: אלה ('eleh), which could be a reference to אלה ('elah), one of the words for god or God (of the stock of El and Elohim):

But it can also be one of the nouns אלה that pop up in the following word cluster:

🔼Asharelah meaning

For a meaning of the name Asharelah NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads an exuberant God Has Fulfilled With Joy. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads Upright To God, but also endorses the opinion of the eccentric Marcus Meibomius, who figured that the elah-part of both names came from the noun אלה ('elah), meaning oak. Hence Meibomius translated both our names with Straight Oak. BDB Theological Dictionary appears to treat neither name.

🔼Jesharelah meaning

For a meaning of the name Jesharelah, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Upright Toward God, and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names has Upright Towards God.

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