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The name Mamre in the Bible

Mamre is an oak-owning Amorite and a region associated with him (Genesis 14:13). This region is close to Hebron and Abram lived there for a while (Genesis 13:18).

Etymology of the name Mamre

The word mamre does not occur as such in Hebrew, but two distinct possible root-words catch the eye:

1) The noun ממר (memer) meaning bitterness, from the root מרר (marar) meaning to be bitter or being strong:

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2) The root group מרא (mr'):

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However, Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names sees the name Mamre as a compilation. According to Jones, the double m comes from מן (min), meaning from, but from a variant of it: מם (mm), that none of the sources mention. The latter part of the name Mamre, according to Jones, comes from ראה (ra'ah), a verb meaning to see:

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Mamre meaning

Hence Jones renders From Seeing, which seems a bit contrived.

NOBSE Study Bible Name List goes with the verb that means strong, and reads Firmness, probably because the name Mamre brings to mind the oaks of Mamre.

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