🔼The name Hashabiah: Summary
- Thought Up By Yah
- From (1) the verb חשב (hashab), to think up or devise, and (2) יה (yah), the name of the Lord.
🔼The name Hashabiah in the Bible
There are quite a few men named Hashabiah mentioned in the Bible, all of them Levites and not always easy to tell apart. The following list of men named Hashabiah probably has some overlap here and there:
- A great-great-great-great-great-great-grandson of Levi through Merari whose great-great-grandson stood left of Heman at the worship service installed by king David (1 Chronicles 6:45).
- Either the same or another descendant of Merari, whose descendant Shemaiah was among the Levites who returned from exile (1 Chronicles 9:14). This is probably the same Hashabiah as the one mentioned in Nehemiah 11:15.
- A son of Jeduthun, also a Levite, who also worshipped along with Heman (1 Chronicles 25:3) and to whom fell the twelfth lot (25:19).
- A man from Hebron, whose family of 1,700 capable men were in charge of the affairs of Israel west of the Jordan during the reign of David (1 Chronicles 26:30).
- A son of Kemuel, and chief of the tribe of Levi during the reign of David (1 Chronicles 27:17).
- A Levite officer during the reign of Josiah (2 Chronicles 35:9). Here this name is spelled חשביהו (Hashabiahu); it's quite common for names that end with יה (yah) to also occur as the יהו (yahu) variant.
- One of the Levites whom Ezra procured from Iddo, during the return (Ezra 8:19, 8:24).
- The official of half of the district of Keilah who helped with the repairs of Jerusalem (Nehemiah 3:17).
- One of the signers of the sealed document (Nehemiah 10:11).
- A great-grandson of Asaph whose grandson Uzzi became the overseer of the Levites in Jerusalem following the return (Nehemiah 11:22).
- A head of a priestly household in the days of Joiakim the priest, who was incumbent right after the return (Nehemiah 12:21).
- A Levite tribal head, possibly but not necessarily the same as the previous Hashabiah (Nehemiah 12:24).
🔼Etymology of the name Hashabiah
The name Hashabiah consists of two elements, the final one being יה (yah), which is short for יהוה or YHWH.
The first part of our name comes from the verb חשב (hashab), to think up, plan or devise:
The verb חשב (hashab) means to think but instead of mere musing or theorizing this verb emphasizes mental activity with a practical (synthetic, technical or artistic) purpose in mind: to think up, to plan or devise.
Noun חשבון (heshbon) describes the entire library of artistic and technological knowledge. Noun מחשבה (mahashaba) denotes a thought, a plan, a device, an artistic object.
For a meaning of the name Hashabiah, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads a rather incriminatory Yahweh Has Imputed. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes a much more generous Esteemed Of The Lord. BDB Theological Dictionary reads Yah(u) Has Taken Account