🔼The name Hasshub: Summary
- Devised, Considerate
- From the verb חשב (hashab), to think up or devise.
🔼The name Hasshub in the Bible
The name Hasshub occurs five times in the Bible but it's not always clear where one Hasshub ends and the next one begins. The following list of men named Hasshub probably has some overlap:
- A son of Azrikam and father of Shemaiah, who was listed among the Merarite Levites who returned from the Babylonian exile (1 Chronicles 9:14). A similar set of names, including Hasshub, occurs in Nehemiah 11:15, but this one terminates in Bunni instead of Merari. It's rare but not unheard of that entire sets of names repeat, so it's ultimately not certain whether these men are the same of different.
- A son of Pahath-moab, who helped with the repair of Jerusalem's wall right after the return (Nehemiah 3:11).
- An otherwise unidentified man who helped with the repairs. This Hasshub might be the same as any of the others (Nehemiah 3:23).
- One of the Levite signers of the sealed document (Nehemiah 10:23).
🔼Etymology of the name Hasshub
The name Hasshub derives 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 Hasshub, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Thoughtful, Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names has Much Esteemed and BDB Theological Dictionary proposes Considerate.