🔼The name Zerahiah: Summary
- Yah Is Rising
- From (1) the verb זרח (zarah), to rise or break out, and (2) יה (yah), the shortened name of the Lord .
🔼The name Zerahiah in the Bible
There are two men named Zerahiah in the Bible:
🔼Etymology of the name Zerahiah
The name Zerahiah consists of two elements, the first being יה (Yah) = יהו (Yahu) = יו (Yu), which in turn are abbreviated forms of the Tetragrammaton יהוה, YHWH, or Yahweh.
The first part of our name comes from the verb זרח (zarah), meaning to rise or shine:
The verb זרח (zarah) means to break out or arise, and may describe the breaking out of leprosy, to the rising of the sun, to an outburst of joy or glory.
Noun זרח (zerah) means a dawning. Noun אזרח ('ezrah) describes a native (one who locally arose). Noun מזרח (mizrah) literally means place of rising, which is the east.
For a meaning of the name Zerahiah, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Yahweh Is Appearing. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes Rising Of Light Of The Lord. And BDB Theological Dictionary has Yah Has Risen or Shined.