🔼The name Pelaiah in the Bible
There are two men named Pelaiah in the Bible, although their names are spelled slightly different in Hebrew. They are:
- One of seven sons of Elioenai, who was a descendant of Solomon (1 Chronicles 3:24). His name is spelled without the aleph: פליה.
- One of the proto-rabbis who helped Ezra the Reformer explain the Law to the returnees (Nehemiah 8:7). This Pelaiah is probably the same as the one who was among the signers of the Sealed Document (Nehemiah 10:10). Both these Pelaiahs are spelled with the aleph: פלאיה.
🔼Etymology of the name Pelaiah
The name Pelaiah consists of two elements, the final one being יה (Yah), which is an abbreviated form of the Tetragrammaton יהוה, YHWH, or Yahweh.
The first part of our name comes from either the verb פלה (pala), meaning to be distinguished, or the verb פלא (pala'), meaning to be wonderful:
For a meaning of the name Pelaiah, NOBSE Study Bible Name List goes with the verb פלא (pala') and reads Yahweh Is Wonderful.
Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names derives it from the verb פלה (pala) and reads Distinguished Of The Lord.
BDB Theological Dictionary does not offer an interpretation of either form of the name Pelaiah but does lists both under the verb פלא (pala'), meaning to be wonderful.