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Zemarite in Biblical Hebrew
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The name Zemarite in the Bible

The Zemarites are descendants of Canaan, son of Ham, son of Noah (Genesis 10:18).

Etymology of the name Zemarite

It's unclear where the name Zemarite comes from, although BDB Theological Dictionary seems to insinuate that it's a transliteration of the Assyrian name Simirra. NOBSE Study Bible Name List dares to make no suggestion. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names devotes no space to the name Zemarite but refers to the name Zemaraim (Joshua 18:22), and hunting for a meaning declares the existence of an unused root צמר that exists in Arabic as a verb meaning to cut off. Hence, says Jones, Zemaraim means Two Cuttings Off.

To a Hebrew audience, however, the name Zemarite looks very much like it was derived from unused and assumed root צמר (smr):

Abarim Publications Theological Dictionary

Zemarite meaning

To a Hebrew audience, the Zemarites were the Wooly Boys.

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