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Meaning and etymology of the name Abiram
There are two men named Abiram in the Bible and both are rather unfortunate. The first Abiram is a son of Eliab (Numbers 16:1). Together with his brother Dathan, and Korah the son of Izhar, On the son of Peleth and 250 leaders, he rises up against Moses and Aaron to complain about the organizational structure of Israel. When Moses gives them a chance to repent, Abiram and Dathan refuse to show up (16:12). Because of their insurrection, the earth opens and Korah, Abiram and Dathan plus their families are swallowed up alive by Sheol.
The second Abiram is a son of Hiel of Bethel, living during the time of king Ahab (1 Kings 16:34). This Hiel decides to rebuild Jericho, even though this is forbidden (Joshua 6:26). He loses his first son Abiram as he lays the foundation of the town, and his youngest son Segub, when the gates go up.
The name Abiram consists of two elements:
For a meaning of the name Abiram, NOBS Study Bible Name List reads The Father Is Exalted. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names offers Father Of Loftiness, and BDB Theological Dictionary concludes (The) Exalted One Is (My) Father
Other names derived of the verb rum are
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