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Meaning and etymology of the name Rehoboam
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.
The name Rehoboam is a compilation of two elements:
The first part of the name comes from the verb (rahab), meaning to be wide. This verb is used to indicate the dimensions of land or an object (Genesis 26:22, Ezekiel 41:7). Surprisingly however, this verb is most often used (says HAW Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament), "in psychologically revealing phrases involving parts of the body or bodily attributes" (mouth, 1 Samuel 2:1; heart, Psalm 119:32).
Some derivatives of this verb (rahab a, b, c) meaning breadth, broad expanse, wide.
The second part of the name Rehoboam is the common noun (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 NOBS Study Bible Name List).
Some other names that come from the verb rahab are Rahab,
Other names that contain the word 'am are
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