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Meaning and etymology of the name Joanna
There's only one Joanna in the and she plays a part in Luke's stories surrounding Jesus (Luke 8:3). She is the wife of Chuza, a steward of king Herod, and she, Mary the Magdalene, Susanna and many others were either healed of evil spirits and sickness, or were funding Jesus' mission, or both. She was probably present when Jesus was laid in the tomb (Luke 23:55) but she was certainly there when He had risen (24:10).
The name Joanna is the feminine version of the Hebrew name Johannan, from whence comes the English name John. In Hebrew the name Joanna would look like this: .
All these names consist of two parts. The first part is , which is the shortened form of the appellative , which is YHWH, the Name of the Lord.
The final part of the name comes from the verb (hanan), meaning to be gracious, or pity, beseech, implore (Job 19:21, 2 Kings 1:13, Psalm 25:16). Some derivatives of this verb are
(hinnam), meaning freely (for nothing);
(hen), meaning favor, grace;
(hannun), meaning gracious.
The name Joanna means Yahweh Has been Gracious.
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