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Shamir meaning

שמיר
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🔼The name Shamir in the Bible

There are two towns and one man named Shamir in the Bible. Shamir the man is a son or descendant of an Amramite Levite family head named Micah, who was assigned temple duties during the reign of king David (1 Chronicles 24:24, spelled שמור, Shamur).

The towns named Shamir are:

  • A town in the hill country of the territory that became allotted to the tribe of Judah (Joshua 15:48).
  • A town in the hills of Ephraim, and the home town of the judge Tola, son of Puah, who took over the office of national judge when the judge Abimelech died (Judges 10:1).

🔼Etymology of the name Shamir

The name Shamir could be construed to be drawn from the familiar verb שמר (shamar I), meaning to keep or guard, but, as many note, it's also identical to the noun שמיר (shamir), denoting some kind of briar or thistle, from the root שמר (shmr III):

🔼Shamir meaning

For a meaning of the name Shamir, NOBSE Study Bible Name List goes for the noun שמיר (shamir) and reads A Sharp Point. Alfred Jones (Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names) also proposes A Sharp Point but nevertheless refers to the verb שמר (shamar I) and adds A Guard. BDB Theological Dictionary doesn't translate our name but does confirm that it is identical to the noun שמיר (shamir), which BDB translates with "thorn(s), adamant, flint".

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