🔼The name Bileam in the Bible
🔼Etymology of the name Bileam
The name Bileam is the same as Balaam, and the etymology of this name isn't certain, although most probably it consists of two parts. The first part seems to have been derived from the verb בלע (bala'), meaning to swallow:
The second part of the name Bileam probably comes from the noun עם ('im), people:
Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names refers without further ado to the name Balaam, which he translates with Destruction Of The People. BDB Theological Dictionary does not translate Bileam. NOBSE Study Bible Name List seems to go with the Hebrew verb בלע (bala'), swallow up, and reads a very liberal Greed.