🔼The name Bealiah: Summary
- Yah Is Lord
- From (1) the verb בעל (ba'al), to be lord, and (2) יה (yah), the name of the Lord.
🔼The name Bealiah in the Bible
The only Bealiah mentioned in the Bible is one of the valiant men of war who join David at Ziklag (1 Chronicles 12:5). Whatever became of Bealiah is not known, as he isn't heard from in other Scriptures.
🔼Etymology of the name Bealiah
The name Bealiah consists of two common elements. The first part is identical to the name Baal, and that name comes from the common Hebrew verb בעל (ba'al), meaning to rule or possess:
The verb בעל (ba'al) means to exercise dominion over; to own, control or be lord over. The ubiquitous noun בעל (ba'al) means lord, master and even husband, and its feminine counterpart בעלה (ba'ala) means mistress or landlady.
God is obviously called 'lord' all over the Bible and the sin of the Baal priests (1 Kings 18:40) was not that they called upon some other deity but rather their incessant howling of the word 'lord' without any further responsibility or effects (see Matthew 7:21 and 11:4-5).
The second part of the name Bealiah is יה (Yah) = יהו (Yahu) = יו (Yu), which in turn are abbreviated forms of the Tetragrammaton; the name of the Lord: YHWH.
For a meaning of the name Bealiah, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Yahweh Is Lord and BDB Theological Dictionary proposes the similar Yah Is Lord. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names goes with a more literal interpretation and reads Possession Of The Lord.