🔼The name Ohad: Summary
- I Shall Praise
- From the verb ידה (yada), to praise.
🔼The name Ohad in the Bible
There's only once Ohad mentioned in the Bible and he is a son of Simeon, Jacob's second born son with Leah (Genesis 46:10, Exodus 6:15). Ohad is one of the sixty-six proto-Israelites to make it into Goshen, Egypt, but that's all we know about him. He plays no further role in the Bible.
🔼Etymology of the name Ohad
The etymology of the name Ohad is complicated. It appears to be similar to the name Ehud I (אהוד); please see our article on that name for a full discussion of the ins and outs of these names. Most scholars derive both names from the word the word אחד ('ehad), meaning one or oneness, or else the verb יחד (yahad), meaning to be united or join, but here at Abarim Publications we boldly go with the verb ידה (yada), meaning to confess, praise or give thanks:
The related verbs ידה (yada), to praise, and הוד (hod), to be worthy of praise, conjugate into such similar forms that it's often not clear which verb in which tense is used. From the verb ידה (yada), to praise, come:
- The plural noun הידות (huyyedot), meaning songs of praise.
- The noun תודה (toda), meaning confession or praise.
From the verb הוד (hod), meaning to be praise-worthy, comes the noun הוד (hod), meaning splendor, majesty, vigor, glory or honor.
For a meaning of the name Ohad, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Powerful for no discernable reason. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names ultimately derives it from יחד (yahad) and translates it with Joining Together. BDB Theological Dictionary doesn't offer an interpretation of this name but also hints at the verb יחד (yahad), meaning to be united or join.
Here at Abarim Publications we see this name as a cohortative form, and translate it with I Shall Praise.