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Meaning and etymology of the Hebrew name Amram
There are two Amrams mentioned in the Bible. The lesser known Amram is named among the Israelites who married and divorced foreign wives during the purification rallies of Ezra (Ezra 10:34). The famous Amram is the father of Moses, Aaron and Miriam. He is a son of Kohath, who is a son of Levi.
However, because Amram's wife Jochebed was his father's sister (Exodus 6:20) and a daughter of Levi (Numb 26:59), Moses was both a grandson and a great-grandson of Levi.
(Actually, there are some generations missing because between Levi and Moses there are about four centuries).
The name Amram may be seen as a compilation of two elements. The first part is the common Hebrew word (am) means a people. The second part comes from the Hebrew word (rum) meaning to be high, rise up. The second part of the name Amram is identical to derivation (rum), meaning height and is used figuratively in the sense of arrogance or pride.
Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads People Of Exaltation. NOBS Study Bible Name List reads A People Exalted.
BDB Theological Dictionary lists the above mentioned possibility, but also insists on the existence of a root , which in cognate languages means to live, to live long or even to worship. BDB doesn't translate the name, or explains where the letter mem may have come from, but it may be a remnant of a plural: Long Lives; Worshippings.
Other names that contain the word 'am are
Other names derived of the verb rum are
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