🔼The name Rehoboam in the Bible
Rehoboam is the son and successor of king Solomon (1 Kings 11:43). By being a bully in stead of a manager, Rehoboam causes the detrimental breach in the united kingdom of Israel. Rehoboam becomes the king of Judah (and Simeon). His nemesis Jeroboam becomes king of the northern ten tribes.
🔼Etymology of the name Rehoboam
The name Rehoboam is a compilation of two elements. The first part of the name comes from the verb רחב (rahab), meaning to be wide:
The second part of the name Rehoboam is the common noun עם (am) meaning a people:
Rehoboam means Enlarges The People (according to Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names) or The People Are Enlarged (according to NOBSE Study Bible Name List).