🔼The name Jokshan: Summary
- One Who Sets A Snare, Fowler
- From the verb יקש (yaqosh) or קוש (qush), to lay a snare.
🔼The name Jokshan in the Bible
Jokshan is one of the six sons of Abraham with his second wife Keturah (Genesis 25:2). The Bible doesn't mention Jokshan after this, and his only claim to fame is that he is a brother of Midian (and a son of Abraham, of course, which is also no small thing).
🔼Etymology of the name Jokshan
The name Jokshan comes from יקש (yaqosh) meaning to lay a snare:
The verb יקש (yaqosh) means to lay bait or a snare to catch animals, and over time came to include the figurative "snaring" a person with alluring enticements. Nouns יקוש (yaqosh) and יקוש (yaqush) describe a snarer or fowler. Noun מוקש (moqesh) means either bait or snare. Verb קוש (qush) also means to snare and is probably a by-form of the previous.
The name Jokshan means One Who Sets A Snare, or Fowler (NOBSE Study Bible Name List). Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names also derives this name from the above mentioned verb, and renders the name Jokshan as Sportsman, apparently rather creatively assuming that Jokshan was hunting for fun.