🔼The name Ir-hamelah in the Bible
The name Ir-hamelah occurs only once in the Bible. In Joshua 15:62 it's mentioned as one of the cities in the wilderness of the territory allotted to the tribe of Judah. Note that of the modern English translations only the Darby Translation prints Ir-hamelah here. The others speak of the City of Salt.
🔼Etymology of the name Ir-hamelah
The name Ir-hamelah consists of two elements. The first part is the noun עיר (ir) meaning city:
The second part of our name is the noun מלח (melah), meaning salt, or absorber:
The letter ה (he) that sits in front of the melah-part is either the definite article, or else a particle of direction.
The name Ir-hamelah means City Of Salt and may have had to do with salt-mining. This city was located in the south of Judah, possibly near the Salt Sea.