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Shimron-meron meaning

שמרון מראון
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🔼The name Shimron-meron in the Bible

The name Shimron-meron occurs only once in the Bible. It's mentioned in the list of kings that were defeated during Israel's invasion of Canaan (Joshua 12:20). Since this Shimron-meron is mentioned right after Hazor, and the king of Hazor enlisted the military services of the king of Shimron right after Joshua's defeat of the Amorites at the battle of Gibeon, scholars generally assume that Shimron-meron mentioned in Joshua 12:20 is the same as this Shimron.

🔼Etymology of the name Shimron-meron

The name Shimron-meron obviously consists of two elements. The first part is the same as the name Shimron, and comes from the verb שמר (shamar I), meaning to keep, guard, observe or give heed:

The second part of our name is harder to place. It could be a play on words with the name of the battlefield of Merom (מרום), where the Canaanite alliance met Israel, but the association with the root group מרא seems stronger:

🔼Shimron-meron meaning

Both elements of our name are formed by adding the ון (waw-nun) couple to the root, and this couple usually quantifies the meaning of the root ("place of.."., or "man of..".). None of the sources we usually consult have a go at the meaning of the second part of our name, but to a Hebrew audience it would have referred to wealth and prosperity. The name Shimron-meron means The Place Of Watching And Prospering, or Vigilance And Prosperity.

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