I’ve a short question about the biblical name Yoash (יאש or יואש or יהואש, see e.g. מלכים ב:י"ב:ב), online I came across the meaning of: ‘HaShem has given’ or ‘Given by HaShem’, many times. But how can the word אש, which means fire, mean ‘given’?

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    It seems to me the name means "fire of G-d." – ezra Nov 18 '18 at 17:28
  • Maybe it’s a combination of the Tetragrammaton (the leading yud) and אש as in en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theophory_in_the_Bible – Dmitry Minkovsky Nov 18 '18 at 17:30
  • Why would it not mean כִּי יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ אֵשׁ אֹכְלָה הוּא? – wfb Nov 19 '18 at 15:22

R. Eleazar of Worms (Rimze Haftarot, Parshat Shekalim, p. 4b) asserted that the etymology of the name is ‘despair’, for the people had despaired of Davidic reign (cited by Prof. Louis Ginzberg, Legends of the Jews vol. 6 p. 354).

R. Eleazar’s connotation may have been predicated on the Bavli (BB 91b).

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