🔼The name Kolaiah in the Bible
There are two men named Kolaiah mentioned in the Bible:
- The father of Ahab, not the famous king but a lesser known namesake. This latter Ahab was a false prophet in the days of Jeremiah, who subsequently received word from the Lord that Ahab and his colleague Zedekiah would be roasted in a fire by Nebuchadnezzar, on account of their lying and sexual immorality (Jeremiah 29:21).
- A son of Maaseiah of Benjamin, mentioned by Nehemiah in the context of repeopling Jerusalem (Nehemiah 11:7).
🔼Etymology of the name Kolaiah
The name Kolaiah consists of two elements. The final part is יה (Yah) = יהו (Yahu) = יו (Yu), which in turn are abbreviated forms of the Tetragrammaton יהוה, YHWH, or Yahweh.
The first part of our name comes from the root קול (qw/), meaning to speak:
For a meaning of the name Kolaiah, both NOBSE Study Bible Name List and BDB Theological Dictionary read Voice Of Yahweh. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names has The Voice Of The Lord.