🔼The name Joiada: Summary
- Yu Knows
- From (1) the divine name יו (yu), an alternate of יה (yah), and (2) the verb ידע (yada'), to know.
🔼The name Joiada in the Bible
There are two men named Joiada in the Bible:
- One is a son of Paseah, who worked on the Old Gate during the wall repair project under Nehemiah (3:6).
- The other Joiada is a son of Eliashib and great-great-grandson of Jeshua the high priest during the return (Nehemiah 12:10). This Joiada has an unnamed son who married an unnamed daughter of Sanballat the Horonite, a local bigwig who mocked and actively opposed the Jews' restoration project. This upsets Nehemiah so much that he drives him away (13:28).
🔼Etymology of the name Joiada
The name Joiada is in fact the same name as Jehoiada. They both consist of two parts, the first part being the appellative יה (Yah) = יהו (Yahu) = יו (Yu), which in turn are abbreviated forms of the Tetragrammaton יהוה, YHWH, or Yahweh.
The second part of the name Jehoiada 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 Joiada, Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names offers The Lord Knows. NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads the similar Yahweh Knows.