Abijam is another name of king Abijah of Judah, son of king Rehoboam and Maacah. He's named Abijah throughout 2 Chronicles chapters 11-14 but Abijam in 1 Kings 15:1-8.
The name Abijam consists of two parts:
2) The second part may be the word (yam), meaning sea. This word is used for any sea or lake such as the Mediterranean (Numbers 34:6), the sea of Joppa (Ezra 3:7) and the Dead Sea (Numbers 34:3) but also for any large body of water, such as the bronze sea of Solomon's temple (1 Kings 7:23). But in seventy of the almost four-hundred Biblical occurrences of this word, it denotes a point of compass or direction, namely west (Numbers 2:18, Josuah 8:9, Exodus 27:12).
The name Abijam means Father Of The Sea (favored by Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names) or Father Of The West.
Another name made from the word yam is Miriam, according to some commentators.
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