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Meaning and etymology of the name Shelomith
The name Shelomith is applied to both men and women in the Bible. The female Shelomiths are: The daughter of Dibri the Danite, whose son is executed on account of blasphemy (Leviticus 24:11), and the sister of Meshullam and Hananiah, children of Zerubbabel (1 Chronicles 3:19).
The male Shelomiths are: A son of Izhar the son of Kohath, the son of Levi (1 Chronicles 23:18 - in 24:22 this man is called Shelemoth); Probably a son, and not a daughter, of Rehoboam and Maacah (2 Chronicles 11:20), and a family head among the returnees, son of Josiphiah (Ezra 8:10).
The name Shelomith comes from the familiar root (shalem), meaning to be complete or sound. HAW Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament sums the meaning of this exquisite verb up as, "completion and fulfillment - of entering into a state of wholeness and unity, a restored relationship." It's used to indicate the completion of a building project (1 Kings 7:51), of being uninjured (Job 9:4) or safe (Job 8:6). It may indicate a restoration (Joel 2:25) or a compensation (Leviticus 24:18). It covers the making of vows (Deuteronomy 23:22), rewards (1 Samuel 24:19), or an end to something (Isaiah 38:12).
A verb this rich obviously yields a handsome crop of derivatives:
The noun (shalom) is the familiar word meaning peace, but which also means completeness ("wholly" - Jeremiah 13:19) or soundness (Psalm 38:3). Shalom may indicate welfare, health and prosperity (Genesis 43:27, Job 15:21), tranquility (Isaiah 32:17) or friendship (Jeremiah 20:10).
The noun (shelem) means peace offering or denotes a sacrifice for alliance (Exodus 24:5, Joshua 8:31).
The verb (shalam) means to be in a covenant of peace (Joshua 10:1, Proverbs 16:7).
The adjective (shalem) means complete, safe or at peace (Genesis 34:21).
The noun (shillem) means recompense and is used only in Deuteronomy 32:35.
The noun (shalmon) means reward or bribe, and occurs in Isaiah 1:23 only.
The noun (shillum) means recompense or reward (Isaiah 34:8, Micah 7:3).
The feminine noun (shilluma) occurs in Psalm 91:8 only, and means recompense or retribution.
The name Shelomith may be the result of a feminine plural form, which would then denote intensity rater than number. From which word exactly the name stems is hard to estimate, and it may be any of them. Yet the only feminine derivative used in the Bible is the one meaning recompense.
For a meaning of the name Shellomith, NOBS Study Bible Name List reads Peaceful. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads Retribution, and ads the somewhat stretched Love Of Peace.
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