🔼The name Asaiah: Summary
- Yah Has Made
- From (1) the verb עשה ('asa), to do or make, and (2) יה (yah), the shortened name of the Lord.
🔼The name Asaiah in the Bible
The name Asaiah is assigned to five different men in the Bible:
- The first Asaiah we meet is a family leader of the tribe of Simeon (1 Chronicles 4:36).
- The second is a son of Haggiah, descendants of Merari of Levi (1 Chronicles 6:30).
- This last Asaiah is possibly the same as the one(s) mentioned in 1 Chronicles 15:6 and 15:11, but not the same as the next one:
- The Asaiah mentioned in 1 Chronicles 9:5.
- Finally, there is Asaiah the servant of king Josiah, who is part of the contingent that is to establish the value of a scroll found in the temple. The group ends up in the house of Huldah the prophetess (2 Kings 22:12).
🔼Etymology of the name Asaiah
The name Asaiah comes from the verb עשה ('asa), meaning to do or make:
The verb עשה ('asa) means to do, make happen or work with. Noun מעשה (ma'aseh) means deed, act, work, doing, making and so on.
The inserted letter י (yod) ostensibly creates the familiar יה, which would immediately be recognized as a truncated form of יהוה (YHWH), the Name of the Lord. This appellation may be regarded as being superimposed on the verb, swallowing up the second ה.
For a meaning of the name Asaiah, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Yahweh Has Made. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes Made Of Jehovah.