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Meaning and etymology of the Hebrew name Oholibamah

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There are two individuals named Oholibamah (some translations says Aholibamah) in the Bible. The first Oholibamah we meet is a daughter of Anah and granddaughter of Zibeon the Hivite (Genesis 36:2). She married Esau, the son of Isaac and Rebekah and brother of Jacob, the patriarch of Israel. The second Oholibamah is a chief of Edom, the nation that sprang from Esau (Genesis 36:41). It is my no means certain that this chief Oholibamah is not the same as the wife of Esau. One would expect that if Edom indeed had its female chiefs, the Bible to strenuously stress this fact, but perhaps the Bible does. There's also a Timna, the wife of Esau's son Eliphaz, and a Timna a chief of Edom.

The name Oholibamah consists of two elements.


The second part of the name Oholibamah comes from the noun bama (bama), meaning a ridge or height; a high place, but mostly denoting a pagan place of worship (Levitucus 26:30, 1 Samuel 9:13) but also the heights upon which God will have the blessed ride (Isaiah 58:14).

For a meaning of the name Oholibama, Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names, NOBS Study Bible Name List and BDB Theological Dictionary read in rare agreement Tent Of The High Place.



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