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Meaning and etymology of the Hebrew name Aram (Syria)
Aram is the Hebrew name for Syria, the region sandwiched between the Euphrates and Palestine. But there are quite a few more Arams mentioned in the Bible. Aram is the name of a son of Shem, who is a son of Noah (Gen10:22). The next Aram is a son of Kemuel, who is a son of Nahor with Milca (Genesis 22:21). Aram number three is a son of Shemer, son of Heber, son of Beriah, son of Asher, son of Jacob with Zilpah (1 Chronicles 7:34). Aram is also the name of a district in Gilead (1 Chronicles 2:23), and a region in Mesopotamia (see Paddan Aram).
The name Aram comes probably from the common Hebrew verb (rum) meaning to be high, rise up. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads High, Elevated. NOBS Study Bible Name List reads Elevated.
However, there is an assumed Hebrew root ('rm) that, according to BDB Theological Dictionary, may indeed have something to do with the Hebrew word (rum) and which is identical to our name. The meaning of the root was lost over the ages, but a derivation stands to this day: ('armon), meaning citadel or palace. The use of this word is largely limited to the often returning message that God will burn up the various "palaces" of certain nations (Amos 1:3, 7, 10, 12). Palaces were typically built on elevations, but symbolically they denoted the capital of nations, their apices.
Other names derived of the verb rum are
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