🔼The name Gath-rimmon in the Bible
There are one or two towns named Gath-rimmon in the Bible:
- A town situated in the territory of Dan (Joshua 19:45), which was handed over to the Kohathites (Joshua 21:24, 1 Chronicles 6:69).
- A town situated in Manasseh, which also went to the Kohathites (Joshua 21:25). In the parallel text of 1 Chronicles 6:70 the name Gath-rimmon does not occur and we read about Bileam instead, which is probably the same as Ibleam mentioned in Joshua 17:11. BDB Theological Dictionary deems all this confusion due to a scribal error.
🔼Etymology of the name Gath-rimmon
The name Gath-rimmon consists of two parts. The first part is the same as the name Gath and means press:
The second part of our name is the same as the name Rimmon and means pomegranate:
For a meaning of the name Gath-rimmon, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Pomegranate Press and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes the rather unfortunate Wine-Press Of The Pomegranate. BDB Theological Dictionary does not offer a translation of our name.