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Iim meaning

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🔼The name Iim in the Bible

The name Iim is complicated. To start with, there are two separate Hebrew names that both are written as Iim in English. We'll call them Iim I (עיים) and Iim II (איים):

🔼The name Iim I in the Bible

The name Iim as spelled with the letter 'ayin, occurs twice in the Bible. The first time it occurs it appears to be equated with the name Iye-abarim (Numbers 33:45). Coming from Oboth, the people arrived in Iye-abarim (עיי העברים), on the border of Moab, but when they set out from there, the place is called עיים. Apparently, scholars can't agree on how to properly transliterate this name. The NAS, NIV and ASV have Iyim; the KJV and Young have Iim, and JSP and Darby speak of Ijim.

The other time Iim I is mentioned in the Bible it probably denotes a different town, a bit to the south of the previous one, and on the west side of the Jordan. It's mentioned in Joshua 15:29, among the towns of Judah that were situated in the extreme south, close to the border with Edom. All translations except Darby speak of Iim; Darby has Ijim.

🔼Etymology of the name Iim I

The name Iim appears to be a regular masculine plural of the noun עי ('i), meaning ruin (this plural word meaning ruins occurs at least twice in the Bible, in Psalm 79:1 and Jeremiah 26:18):

🔼Iim I meaning

For a meaning of this name Iim, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Ruins and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes Ruinous Heaps. BDB Theological Dictionary does not offer an interpretation of this name and lists it alphabetically and not under a particular root.


🔼The name Iim II in the Bible

It's not wholly certain whether the word איים should be considered a name or not. The only modern translation to do so is the Young Translation, which reads for Jeremiah 50:39: "Therefore dwell do Ziim with Iim, Yea, dwelt in her have daughters of the ostrich..".

🔼Etymology of the name Iim II

This version of the name Iim is probably just the plural of the noun אי ('i), meaning jackal:

🔼Iim II meaning

It's not clear how Robert Young figured that Iim is a name, because these Iim were to live in the ruined city of Babylon. The only way this would fit if the Iim are considered a people. But whether a name or not, Iim II means Jackals.

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