🔼The name Mahath in the Bible
There are two men named Mahath in the Bible:
- A Levite from the branch of Kohath, a son of Amasai and an ancestor of Heman the Temple singer, who was appointed by king David (1 Chronicles 6:35).
- Another Kohathite Levite, whose father was also named Amasai. This Mahath lived during the time of king Hezekiah, about six-hundred years after the first Mahath (2 Chronicles 29:12). This Mahath was part of a group of overseers who regulated the flow of contributions and tithes (2 Chronicles 31:13).
🔼Etymology of the name Mahath
The name Mahath probably has to do with the verb חתה (hata), meaning to snatch up or seize:
For a meaning of the name Mahath, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Grasping. Alfred Jones (Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names) declares that our name is an abbreviation of a non-occurring noun מחתה (mahta), and reads Seizing. BDB Theological Dictionary confirms the possible relation to the not used noun מחתה and proposes Thing Seized.