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Meaning and etymology of the name Johanan
The name Johanan occurs ten times in the Old Testament:
A captain of the forces of Judah, son of Kareah (2 Kings 25:22);
A son of king Josiah (1 Chronicles 3:15);
A son of Elioenai (1 Chronicles 3:24);
A high priest, father of Azariah (1 Chronicles 6:10);
One of David's mighty men (1 Chronicles 12:4);
a Gaddite officer of David (1 Chronicles 12:12);
A leader of Ephraim (2 Chronicles 28:12);
A returned exile (Ezra 8:12);
A son of Tobiah (Nehemiah 6:18);
A postexilic high priest (Nehemiah 12:22).
This name is also the source of the English name John, as John is a transliteration of the Greek name Ioannes, which in turn is the Greek transliteration of the Hebrew name Johanan.
The name Johanan consists of two elements. The first part is , which is the commonly accepted abbreviated form of , which is YHWH, the Name of the Lord (see the names Jochebed and Joab).
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