🔼The name Tikvah in the Bible
There are two men named Tikvah in the Bible:
- The father-in-law of Huldah, the prophetess who dispensed the Lord's message concerning the book of the Law that was found during king Josiah's reorganization of the temple (2 Kings 22:14). In the parallel text of 2 Chronicles 34:22 this man is called Tokhath.
- The father of Jahzeiah, who was one of four men who opposed the horrible mass-divorce during the purge of Ezra (Ezra 10:15). Since the events described by Ezra take place a good century after the reign of king Josiah, these two Tikvahs are probably not the same person.
🔼Etymology of the name Tikvah
The name Tikvah is identical to the word תקוה (tiqwah), meaning hope, from the root קוה I:
For a meaning of the name Tikvah, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Hope. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names, curiously, doesn't treat the name Tikvah. BDB Theological Dictionary does not interpret our name but does confirm that it is identical to the noun תקוה (tiqwah), meaning hope.