🔼The name Jada: Summary
- Knowing, He Knows, The Knowing
- From the verb ידע (yada'), to know.
🔼The name Jada in the Bible
There's only one man named Jada mentioned in the Bible. He is a son of Onam, son of Jerahmeel (son of Hezron, son of Perez, son of Judah, son of Jacob and Leah) and Atarah. Jada's, brother is named Shammai and his sons are Jether and Jonathan (1 Chronicles 2:28).
🔼Etymology of the name Jada
The name Jada comes from the verb ידע (yada'), meaning to know:
The verb ידע (yada') means both to know and to have intimate relations (Genesis 4:1, Judges 11:39). Knowledge equals familiarity with truth, which in turn is the only thing all people can agree on, which in turn promotes the search for agreement and modes of expression (rather than mere data). The Bible holds all knowledge in the highest regard. God, after all, is both a God of knowledge (Jeremiah 3:15) and love (1 John 4:7).
Since all truth relates to the Word of God, wisdom begins with the reverence of the Creator (Proverbs 1:7) and learning equals love-making within a marital relation with the Creator (Isaiah 54:5).
Nouns דעה (dea), דע (dea') and דעת (da'at) all mean knowledge. Nouns ידעני (yidde'oni), מודע (moda') and מדעת (moda'at) describe familiarity or kinship. This root's Greek counterpart is γινωσκω (ginosko).
For a meaning of the name Jada, NOBSE Study Bible Name List has Knowing, and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads He Knows.
BDB Theological Dictionary explains that the name Jada was also not a personal name but a Sabean epithet for the king, meaning The Knowing, Shrewd One.