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Meaning and etymology of the name Jehoram
There are three men named Jehoram in the Bible. The least known is Jehoram, a Levitical teacher in the days of king Jehoshaphat, king of Judah (2 Chronicles 17:8). The other two Jehorams are kings; one of Judah and one of Israel, and to make the confusion even greater, "Jehoram [son of Ahab] became king [over Israel] in the second year of Jehoram, the son of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah," according to 2 Kings 1:17, but according to 2 Kings 8:16, "in the fifth year of Joram, son of Ahab, king of Israel [ ] Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, became king."
According to the chronicler, king Jehoshaphat was somewhat virtuous but his son Jehoram made a fine mess of things. He starts his reign of by killing his six brothers (Azariah, Jehiel, Zechariah, Azaryahu, Michael and Shephatiah - 2 Chronicles 21:2-4) as well as some local leaders of Israel. Then he causes a perpetual revolt of Edom and Libnah (21:10) and builds centers of worship for gods other than YHWH (21:11). Right before the Philistines and Arabs plunder his house and abduct his wives and sons, the prophet Elijah foretells his death by disease. Two years later he dies in horrible agony, and no one mourns for him. He is then 40 years old (21:20).
The other Jehoram was also not very good, although he wasn't as bad as his father Ahab (2 Kings 3:2). A man named Jehu, who was a son of another Jehoshaphat, assassinates king Jehoram, and ditches his body on the field of Naboth of Jezreel (9:25), and succeeds Jehoram as king over Israel.
The names of both Jehoram's are contracted to Joram in 2 Kings 8 and some other places.
The name Jehoram consists of two elements:
1) The first part of our name is , Jah, which in turn is an abbreviated form of the Tetragrammaton; the name of the Lord: YHWH.
For a meaning of the name Jehoram, NOBS Study Bible Name List reads Yahweh Is High.
Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes The Lord Exalts and BDB Theological Dictionary suggests Yah Is Exalted.
Other names derived of the verb rum are
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