🔼The name Shehariah: Summary
- Dawn Of Yah
- From (1) the verb שחר (shahar), to be black but shiny, or ignorant but inquisitive, and (2) יה (yah), the name of the Lord.
🔼The name Shehariah in the Bible
🔼Etymology of the name Shehariah
The name Shehariah 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 either of the two roots שחר:
The verb שחר (shahar) means to be glossy, shiny black (not mat black); it often describes shiny black hair. The adjective שחר (shahor) means black, and adjective שחרחר (sheharhor) means blackish. Nouns שחור (shehor) and שחרות (shaharut) means blackness.
That our verb most probably emphasized inherent or even inner glow rather than a mere dark hue is made evident by the noun שחר (shahar), which means dawn. The denominative verb שחר (shahar) describes a diligent searching, which suggests that within the darkness of ignorance, the desire to search is the dawn.
It also demonstrates that this word for "dawn" had a symbolic meaning as strong as that of the words for light and enlightenment. Ultimately our verb means to be black but shiny, or ignorant but inquisitive.
The name Shehariah doesn't come with a manual (or a context), so there's no telling what the original name-giver meant to convey with this name. It could be Darkness Of The Lord, which sounds rather grim but really isn't, since the Lord has made great things come about in darkness (creation as a whole; Genesis 1:2, the covenant with Abraham; Genesis 15:17; the Messiah; Isaiah 9:2). But perhaps our name celebrates the rising of God's light in the darkness, and the name Shehariah means Dawn Of Yahweh.
For a meaning of the name Shehariah, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Yahweh Is The Dawn. Alfred Jones (Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names) connects our name to the denominative verb שחר (shahar), meaning to look diligently, and translates Shehariah with Sought Of The Lord.
BDB Theological Dictionary doesn't translate the name Shehariah but does list it under שחר II (shahar II), the root of the noun שחר (shahar), meaning dawn.