🔼The name Joiada in the Bible
There are two men named Joiada in the Bible:
- One is a son of Paseah, who worked on the Old Gate during the wall repair project under Nehemiah (3:6).
- The other Joiada is a son of Eliashib and great-great-grandson of Jeshua the high priest during the return (Nehemiah 12:10). This Joiada has an unnamed son who married an unnamed daughter of Sanballat the Horonite, a local bigwig who mocked and actively opposed the Jews' restoration project. This upsets Nehemiah so much that he drives him away (13:28).
🔼Etymology of the name Joiada
The name Joiada is in fact the same name as Jehoiada. They both consist of two parts, the first part being the appellative יה (Yah) = יהו (Yahu) = יו (Yu), which in turn are abbreviated forms of the Tetragrammaton יהוה, YHWH, or Yahweh.
The second part of the name Jehoiada comes from the root-verb ידע (yada'), meaning to know:
For a meaning of the name Joiada, Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names offers The Lord Knows. NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads the similar Yahweh Knows.