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Meaning and etymology of the name Merari

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Merari is a son of Levi and brother of Kohath and Gershon (Genesis 46:11). His family are called the Merarites. The duties of the Merarites were to take care of the framework of the tabernacle: pillars and sockets of the tent as well as the surrounding court (Numbers 3:36-37).

The name Merari, like other Levites names, is probably of Egyptian origin and may have originally meant Beloved. In Hebrew, however, it looks like it has to do with the verb marar (marar) meaning be bitter, strengthen, strong. The name Merari in Hebrew means My Bitterness.

For a meaning of the name Merari, NOBS Study Bible Name List reads Bitter. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads Bitterness.

Related names are Miriam, Martha, Maria, Mary and Mara.



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