🔼The name Jerahmeel in the Bible
There are three men named Jerahmeel in the Bible:
- The best known Jerahmeel is the patriarch of the Jerahmeelites mentioned in 1 Samuel 27 and 30, and the son of Hezron and Abijah (1 Chronicles 2:9). This Jerahmeel is the brother of Ram, who is an ancestor of Jesus (Matthew 1:3).
- A son of a Merari Levite named Kish (1 Chronicles 24:29).
- An officer under king Jehoiakim who helped arrest Baruch and Jeremiah (Jeremiah 36:26).
🔼Etymology of the name Jerahmeel
The first part of our name comes from the verb רחם (raham), meaning to love:
The letter yod with which the name Jerahmeel starts makes the verb active: he will raham.
For a meaning of the name Jerahmeel, NOBSE Study Bible Name List suggests May God Have Compassion, Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads He Will Obtain Mercy Of God, and BDB Theological Dictionary offers May El Have Compassion.