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Horam meaning

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🔼The name Horam in the Bible

The name Horam occurs once in the Bible. Horam is the king of Gezer at the time of Israel's conquest of Canaan (Joshua 10:33). After the famous battle of Gibeon, Joshua marches Israel onto Makkedah and Libnah. When these settlements are raised to the ground and relieved of their people, Israel continues to Lachish to do the same there. King Horam of Gezer decides to muster his army and come to the aid of Lachish, but Israel destroys Lachish and massacres king Horam's army to the last man.

🔼Etymology of the name Horam

The name Horam appears to be grounded in the noun הר (har), meaning mountain:

The final מ (mem) of our name may be due to an archaic plural form, or, as Alfred Jones (Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names) proposes, to an intensitive form of הר.

🔼Horam meaning

For a meaning of the name Horam, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Elevated and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names has a rather far-fetched High Spirited. BDB Theological Dictionary does not offer an interpretation of this particular name, and lists it under the verb הרה (hera), meaning to be or become pregnant. It's not clear why BDB does that, although BDB usually lists names under the verbs it's supposed to be derived from. But it should be noted that BDB also lists the name הרן (Haran) under הרה (hera), and translates that name with Mountaineer.

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