🔼The name Jeremoth in the Bible
There are three or four men in the Bible named Jeremoth (and eight more endowed with the highly similar name ירימות — Jerimoth):
- The first real Jeremoth we meet is a son of Beriah and family leader of the tribe of Benjamin (1 Chronicles 8:14).
- The other Jeremoths are listed in rapid succession by Ezra the Reformer among the men of Israel who had married and would divorce their foreign wives. They are a son of Elam (Ezra 10:26), a son of Zattu (10:27) and a son of Bani (10:29). Because some manuscripts spell this name as ורמות (meaning "and Ramoth"), some translations print the name Ramoth in Ezra 10:29 (KJV, JSP, Darby and Young).
🔼Etymology of the name Jeremoth
The name Jeremoth is closely akin to רם (rum), meaning height, from the verb רום (rum), meaning to be high or lofty:
Two derivatives that show our name's signature letter taw are רמות (ramut), meaning height or high place, and רוממות (romemuth), meaning uplifting or arising.
For a meaning of the name Jeremoth, NOBSE Study Bible Name List suggests Elevation, and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads High Places, Liftings Up
Note that our name Jeremoth seems to carry a bit of word play. Besides the above etymology, which is linguistically most plausible, it also resembles relations with the verb ירה (yara), meaning to cast or shoot:
And secondly, with the verb מות (mut), meaning to kill or die:
And that means that the name Jeremoth may also be seen as to mean Rain Of Death.