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Meraiah meaning

מריה

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🔼The name Meraiah in the Bible

The name Meraiah occurs only once in the Bible, namely in Nehemiah 12:12, where it is ascribed to the head of the family of Seraiah in the days of high priest Joiakim.

🔼Etymology of the name Meraiah

It's not quite clear how the name Meraiah is constructed, but the final bit may be יה (Yah), an abbreviated form of the Tetragrammaton יהוה, YHWH, or Yahweh.

Where the first part comes from isn't clear, but what is clear is that this name is highly similar to one of two versions of the name Moriah (and please see our article on that name for a look at its multiple meanings).

Alfred Jones (Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names) believes that our name derives from the verb מרא (mara' I), but makes the rather bold assumption that this verb means to lift up, which is probably incorrect:

Other scholars believe that the yah-part of our name is not a remnant of the name YHWH, but is rather due to a verbal expansion of an expression of the verb מרה (mara), meaning to be contentious or rebellious, or any of the related verbs:

🔼Meraiah meaning

NOBSE Study Bible Name List appears to equate the name Meraiah with Meraioth, derives both from the verb מרה (mara) and translates them both as Rebellious.

Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names goes with a more difficult to defend verb מרא (mara' I) and reads Lifted Up Of The Lord. It's very doubtful that a Hebrew audience would have interpreted this name as such.

BDB Theological Dictionary offers neither an interpretation of this name, nor a hint at its possible etymology.