This name derives from the Hebrew “pı̂ynechâs > Pinəḥas”, meaning “mouth of brass, some believe it means serpent's mouth”. A second hypothesis is from the Egyptian “Pa-nehasi”, meaning “the black" or "the Nubian”. The name Phineas is given to different characters in the Bible: 1) Son of Eleazar and grandson of Aaron; his zealousness for the Lord averted a plague on Israel and gained him the promise of the Lord of an everlasting priesthood in his family. 2) A priest and the son of the priest Eli. 3) The father of a helper of Ezra.