(Joʹah) [Jehovah Is Brother (Companion)].
2. A Levite descended from Gershom (Gershon); son of Zimmah. (1Ch 6:1, 19b-21) He is possibly the same Joah who, with his son, helped dispose of the unclean objects that Hezekiah had removed from the temple at the beginning of his reign.—2Ch 29:1, 3, 12, 16.
3. One of the committee of three sent by King Hezekiah to hear what the Assyrian messenger Rabshakeh would say but who were not to answer his charges and brags. Joah and his two companions did, however, ask Rabshakeh to speak to them in the Syrian tongue, which they themselves understood, rather than in the Jews’ language in the hearing of others on the city wall. With their clothes ripped apart, they reported his threats to Hezekiah. (2Ki 18:18, 26, 36, 37; Isa 36:3, 11, 21, 22) The construction of the text, “Joah the son of Asaph the recorder,” allows for either Joah or Asaph to be “the recorder,” but it is more likely that Joah himself held this office, just as the two with him are also described by their office.
4. The recorder by whom King Josiah sent money to the workers to repair the temple; son of Joahaz.—2Ch 34:8-11.