🔼The name Ramoth-negev in the Bible
The name Ramoth-negev occurs twice in the Bible, once with and once without the maqqep (the Hebrew hyphen). Without the maqqep our name belongs to a settlement in the territory allotted to the tribe of Judah, but which was handed over to the tribe of Simeon (Joshua 19:8). With the maqqep our name is mentioned among the towns that received parts of the spoils that David took from the Amalekites who had unwisely raided David's base at Ziklag (1 Samuel 30:27).
🔼Etymology of the name Ramoth-negev
The name Ramoth-negev consists of two parts, each of which also occurs separately as names. The first part is the same as the name Ramoth, which comes from the verb רום (rum), meaning to be high:
The second part of the name Ramoth-negev is the same as the name Negev, which is used to mean The South and appears to be related to the following root group:
The name Ramoth-negev may literally mean Heights Of The Height, or something to that extent, but the negev-part was probably added to distinguish this Ramoth from the few others. This one is Southern Ramoth.