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Iye-abarim meaning

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🔼The name Iye-abarim in the Bible

The name Iye-abarim (or Ije-Abarim) occurs twice in the Bible. In Numbers 21:11 we read how the Israelites traveled from Oboth to Iye-abarim, in the wilderness opposite Moab, to the east. From there they went to Wadi Zered.

In Numbers 33:44 the same thing occurs, except that the people arrive in Iye-abarim but set out from Iim (or Iyim) and proceeded to Dibon-gad.

It appears that Iim is a shortened form of Iye-abarim.

🔼Etymology of the name Iye-abarim

The name Iye-abarim consists of two elements. The first part seems to be either a possessive form or else a so-called construct-plural of any of the nouns עי ('i):

The second part of our name is the same as the name Abarim (from which this website — Abarim Publications — gets its name), which comes from the verb עבר (abar), meaning to pass over, by, through:

🔼Iye-abarim meaning

For a meaning of the name Iye-abarim, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Ruins Of The Abarim (Regions Beyond). Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names has (for Ije-Abarim) Ruinous Heaps Of Abarim. BDB Theological Dictionary does not offer an interpretation of this name, and lists it alphabetically and not under a particular root.

If we take the noun עי ('i) to mean ruin, Numbers 33:44-45 would read something like: ... and they camped at The Ruins Of Crossing Over, at the border of Moab. And they departed from The Ruins and ...

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