🔼The name Paseah in the Bible
It's unclear how many different men named Paseah appear in the Bible, but the following are the candidates. It's possible that the latter two are the same person, but it's also perfectly possible that they're all the same man, or even the same town:
- One of three sons of Eshton of Judah; the men of Recah (1 Chronicles 4:12). The name of one of these sons looks suspiciously like the name of a town (Beth-rapha), and the other, Tehinnah is the "father" of Ir-nahash, which means City Of The Snake.
- The patriarch of a family of Nethinim (temple servants) that returned from the exile (Ezra 2:49, Nehemiah 7:51). This Paseah may very well be the same as the next:
- An otherwise unspecified Paseah, whose son (which means descendant) Joiada repaired Jerusalem's Old Gate during the post-exilic restoration project, together with Meshullam, son of Besodeiah (Nehemiah 3:6).
🔼Etymology of the name Paseah
The name Paseah is the same as the adjective פסח (piseah) meaning lame, or perhaps infantile:
For a meaning of the name Paseah, both NOBSE Study Bible Name List and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names read Lame. BDB Theological Dictionary proposes Limper.
Latin names that may express lameness (but probably with a different connotation) are Claudius and Claudia. In Hebrew the name Paseah has a semi-parallel in the name Zelah, which comes from the verb צלע (sela'), meaning to lean or limp.