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Jorkeam meaning

ירקעם

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🔼The name Jorkeam in the Bible

The name Jorkeam (or Jorkoam as some translations have it) occurs only once in the Bible. It's the name of a "son" of Raham, son of Shema of Judah (1 Chronicles 2:44), but that probably means that Jorkeam is a town and Raham is either its founder or else the patriarch of its governing elite.

Some scholars say Jorkeam is the same as the Jokdeam mentioned in Joshua 15:56 but there's really no proof for that, or any indication in the text that might render credence or validity to the suggestion.

🔼Etymology of the name Jorkeam

The name Jorkeam consists of two elements. The first part probably comes from the verb ירק I (yaraq I), meaning to be green:

The second part of our name is equal to the familiar noun עם ('am), meaning people:

🔼Jorkeam meaning

The name Jorkeam literally means Green People, but it's not clear what that might have meant to a Hebrew audience. Perhaps Green People were thought of as excellent in propagation, or perhaps they were vegetarians.

For a meaning of the name Jorkeam, Alfred Jones (Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names) proposes Paleness Of The People but does not explain why that would be better than Green People.

Neither NOBSE Study Bible Name List nor BDB Theological Dictionary offer interpretations of the name Jorkeam but BDB does list it under the verb ירק I (yaraq I), meaning to be green.