🔼The name Ram in the Bible
There are three men named Ram in the Bible:
- The patriarch of a family that apparently also contained the Buzites; Job's fourth friend Elihu is a son of Barachel the Buzite of the family of Ram (Job 32:2). Some scholars assume that the Buzites came from Buz, the son of Nahor, the brother of Abraham, and that this patriarch Ram is the same as Aram, the son of Kemuel, the brother of Buz. But that would require Barachel the Kemuelite to somehow slip over to the Buzites, so perhaps the Buzites didn't come from Buz the son of Nahor, but from some other Buz.
- A son of Hezron, son of Perez, the famous son of Judah and Tamar (Ruth 4:19, 1 Chronicles 2:9). This Ram is an ancestor of king David and thus also of Jesus the Nazarene (Matthew 1:3; spelled Αραμ — Aram).
- The first-born son of Jerahmeel, the brother of the previous Ram (1 Chronicles 2:25).
🔼Etymology of the name Ram
The name Ram comes from the verb רום (rum), meaning to be high:
For a meaning of the name Ram, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads High, Exalted. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names has High. BDB Theological Dictionary doesn't interpret this name but does list it under the verb רום (rum).