🔼The name Allemeth: Summary
- Hidden, Hiding Place
- From the verb עלם ('alam), to be hidden.
🔼The name Allemeth in the Bible
The name Allemeth (not to be confused with the similar name Alemeth) is a city in the territory of Benjamin, which was given to the Levites (1 Chronicles 6:60). The same town appears to be called Almon in Joshua 21:18.
🔼Etymology of the name Allemeth
The name Allemeth derives from the verb עלם ('alam):
The verb עלם ('alam) means to be hidden or concealed and noun תעלמה (ta'alumma) describes a hidden thing, but all this with an emphasis on a potential coming out rather than a hiding for, say, safety or mysteriousness.
Noun עלם ('elem) describes a young man, עלמה ('alma) a young woman, and עלומים ('alumim) youth(s) in general, which appears to appeal to the still "hidden" potential of youth. Likewise the noun עולם (olam), which means forever or everlasting, appears to refer to the potential of any present situation, which may realize when time is unlimited.
For a meaning of the name Allemeth, NOBSE Study Bible Name List has Hidden and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads A Hiding Place. BDB Theological Dictionary doesn't translate this name but does list it under the root עלם I, meaning to hide.