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Meaning and etymology of the name Paddan Aram
Paddan Aram is an area in Mesopotamia where Abraham was born and where Isaac's wife Rebekah and Jacob's wives Leah, Rachel and Bilhah and Zilpah came from (Genesis 25:20, 28:5). The origin of Israel is therefore much rather Babylon than Palestine.
The name Paddan Aram obvously consists of two parts. The second part of the name is the same as the name Aram, and comes from (rum) meaning to be high, rise up.
The first part, (paddan), is a noun that does not occur in Hebrew, but HAW Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament reports that the Akkadian word padanu means route. However, when the prophet Hosea recounts the adventures of Jacob, he says that Jacob fled to the land, or rather 'field' () of Aram (12:12). This probably leads both NOBS Study Bible Name List and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names to read Plain Of Aram for Paddan Aram.
Another Hebrew word of interest is (pada), meaning to ransom, rescue. The letter nun is often added to a verb to create a noun that denotes a person or a place. To a Hebrew audience, the name Paddan Aram may have sounded like Elevated Ransom, or Place Where Height Is Rescued.
Other names derived of the verb rum are
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