🔼The name Shimea in the Bible
The name Shimea is assigned four times in the Bible:
- The third son of Jesse is named שמעא (Shimea) in 1 Chronicles 2:13 but שמעה (Shimeah) in 2 Samuel 13:3 and 13:32; שמה (Shammah) in 1 Samuel 16:9, 17:13; and שמעי (Shimay) in 2 Samuel 21:21, which is spelled the same as the name Shimei but pronounced slightly different.
- A son of David is called שמעא (Shimea) in 1 Chronicles 3:5 but שמעא (Shammua) in 2 Samuel 5:14.
- Two Levites named שמעא are mentioned in 1 Chronicles 6:30 and 6:39.
- A Benjaminite named שמעה (Shimeah) is called שמאם (Shimam) in 1 Chronicles 9:38.
🔼Etymology of the name Shimea
The name Shimea comes from the verb שמע (shama'), meaning to hear:
For a meaning of the name Shimea, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads He (God) Has Heard. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads Hearing and Rumor.