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Rehoboam meaning

רחבעם

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🔼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.

And since Rehoboam is an ancestor of Christ, he is incorporated in Matthew's genealogy through Solomon (spelled Ροβοαμ, Rhoboam; Matthew 1:7).

🔼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 meaning

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).