My current WIP (work in process), Love’s Saving Light, tells the story of 2 Kings 11 and 2 Chronicles 21-22, when the Queen Athaliah threatened to extinguish the light of God’s covenant with David. The wicked Queen Mother, upon hearing of her son’s death, killed all David’s descendants–the legal heirs to Judah’s throne–except a baby prince that was hidden away in Yahweh’s temple for six years. Baby Joash had been rescued by two brave women, the high priest’s wife and the baby’s nurse. One woman’s name is given in Scripture. One name isn’t… That means WE get to name the nameless one!
Jehosheba – The High Priest’s Wife
Jehosheba is named in 2 Chronicles 22:11 as the high priest, Jehoiada’s wife. But she was also King Jehoram’s daughter, which would have made her King Ahaziah’s sister and Baby Joash’s aunt. I know it’s confusing, but just go with me here…
The Nurse’s Name Isn’t Given In Scripture!
THAT’S where you come in! I’ve chosen three names and given their Hebrew meanings. I’d like for you to vote and tell me which name you want me to use in my story. Here’s a little background information on this woman to help you choose her name:
Baby Joash’s nursemaid will have been chosen to nurse the king’s son because her husband was killed in a senseless battle led by the king, and her own baby was killed in a recent raid on Jerusalem. Her breasts can still nourish a child, and though she’s grieving her personal losses, she’s comforted to feel the warmth of a baby in her arms–even if it’s not her own. She has no other family, is completely alone in the world, so when her life is threatened, she has nothing to lose. She is both a mother hen and mama bear.
Here Are The Three Names To Choose From:
- Gadara – Meaning: Reward
- Hobah – Meaning: Hiding Place
- Keilah – Meaning: Fortress, Citadel
Vote By Leaving Your Name Choice In the Comment Box!
And you can tell me why you chose the name if you like! It’s always fun to hear the reasons!
If you’ve never left a comment before, it may take a day or so for your comment to appear (all first-time commenters must be moderated.) I’ll announce the winning name next week!