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Hammon meaning

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🔼The name Hammon in the Bible

There are two towns named Hammon in the Bible, and both are mentioned only once:

  • A town that marked the northern border of the territory allotted to the tribe of Asher (Joshua 19:28).
  • A town situated in the territory of Naphtali, but assigned to the Gershomites (1 Chronicles 6:76).

🔼Etymology of the name Hammon

The name Hammon likely has to do with the verb חמם (hamam), meaning to be hot:

🔼Hammon meaning

Scholars generally agree that the name Hammon should have something to do with heat, but the interpretations somewhat diverge. For a meaning of our name, NOBSE Study Bible Name List proposes Glowing, which brings to mind something hot that gives off light, and the verb does not. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads Hot and elaborates that to Great Hot Baths. BDB Theological Dictionary does a similar thing by translating our name with Hot Spring? (emphasizing the hot-part, but expressing uncertainty about the spring-part).

It may also be that our name was one of many personal and location names that contained references to pagan worship. The related noun חמן (hamman) denotes a little pillar that served in pagan worship, but our name could very well be a reference to the sun (or even fire), and its worship, which was wide-spread in those days and in that area.

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