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Teman meaning

תימן

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🔼The name Teman in the Bible

The name Teman is assigned to one man and one town or region in the Bible:

  • Chief Teman of Edom, who was a son of Eliphaz, the son of Esau and Adah the Hittite (Genesis 36:11, 36:15). This chief Teman is probably the same as the one mentioned in Genesis 36:42, and probably also gave his name to the next Teman:
  • A town, region or sub-tribe in Edom, of which YHWH wonders whether it contains any wisdom (Jeremiah 49:7). If Teman was a city, it must have been one of considerable prominence. In Jeremiah 49:20 Teman seems to be equated with Edom at large. Teman is mentioned another four times by the prophets, mostly in contexts of punishment and disaster (Ezekiel 25:13, Amos 1:12, Obadiah 1:9, Habakkuk 3:3).

The Temanites (תימני) mentioned in the Bible are:

  • King Husham of the land of the Temanites, who inherited the throne of Edom from Jobab, son of Zerah of Bozrah (Genesis 36:34).
  • Eliphaz the Temanite, who was one of the four friends who counseled Job during the period of his afflictions (Job 2:11).

🔼Etymology of the name Teman

The name Teman is the same as the noun תימן (teman), meaning south, from the root ימן:

🔼Teman meaning

For a meaning of the name Teman, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads The South. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names has Southern Quarter. BDB Theological Dictionary does not interpret this name but does confirm that it is equal to the noun תימן (teman), meaning south.