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Ibleam meaning

יבלעם
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🔼The name Ibleam in the Bible

Ibeam is a town in Manasseh (Joshua 17:11). In 1 Chronicles 6:70 this town is called Bileam, which in Hebrew is identical to the name Balaam.

🔼Etymology of the name Ibleam

The name Ibleam is the name Balaam treated as a verb and made active: "He Will Balaam". The etymology of Balaam isn't certain but most probably both names consists of two parts. The first part seems to have been derived from the verb בלע (bala'), meaning to swallow:

On the other hand, we can't be sure whether Ibleam was formed after Bileam or vice versa. If Ibleam was first, then the first part of both names may have been derived of the root-verb יבל (yabal), meaning to bring or lead:

The second part of the name Ibleam probably comes from the noun עם ('im), meaning people:

🔼Ibleam meaning

NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads for Destroyer Of The People for Balaam and He Destroys The People for Ibleam. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads Destruction Of The People for Balaam and Devouring The People for Ibleam.

But, as shown above, the name Ibleam may also be interpreted as The People Flow Forth.

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