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Shehariah meaning

שחריה

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🔼The name Shehariah in the Bible

The name Shehariah occurs only once in the Bible. He is mentioned as one of the sons of Jeroham of Benjamin (1 Chronicles 8:26). We have no further information on this man.

🔼Etymology of the name Shehariah

The name Shehariah 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 of the two roots שחר:

🔼Shehariah meaning

The name Shehariah doesn't come with a manual (or a context), so there's no telling what the original name-giver meant to convey with this name. It could be Darkness Of The Lord, which sounds rather grim but really isn't, since the Lord has made great things come about in darkness (creation as a whole; Genesis 1:2, the covenant with Abraham; Genesis 15:17; the Messiah; Isaiah 9:2). But perhaps our name celebrates the rising of God's light in the darkness, and the name Shehariah means Dawn Of Yahweh.

For a meaning of the name Shehariah, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Yahweh Is The Dawn. Alfred Jones (Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names) connects our name to the denominative verb שחר (shahar), meaning to look diligently, and translates Shehariah with Sought Of The Lord.

BDB Theological Dictionary doesn't translate the name Shehariah but does list it under שחר II (shahar II), the root of the noun שחר (shahar), meaning dawn.