🔼The name Joshaviah: Summary
- Yah Supports
- From (1) יה (yah), the shortened name of the Lord, and (2) the verb ישה (yshh), to support or assist.
🔼The name Joshaviah in the Bible
🔼Etymology of the name Joshaviah
The name Joshaviah consists of two elements, the final one being יה (Yah), which is an abbreviated form of the Tetragrammaton יהוה, YHWH, or Yahweh.
The first part of our name comes from the verb ישה, which unfortunately isn't used in the Bible:
The verb ישה (yshh) isn't used in the Bible but it may have meant to support or assist. Its only extant derivation is the noun תושיה (tushiya), a relatively rare word meaning skill or craftiness.
For a meaning of the name Joshaviah, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads a curious Yahweh Is Equality and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names has Set Upright Of The Lord. BDB Theological Dictionary does not translate the name Joshaviah but does list it under the root ישה.