🔼The name Gaham: Summary
- Flame, Burning
- From an Arabic verb that means to burn or kindle.
🔼The name Gaham in the Bible
The name Gaham is mentioned only once in the Bible: Gaham is a son of Abraham's brother Nahor with Reumah (Genesis 22:24). Reumah has three more sons with Nahor and Nahor has another eight with his wife Milcah.
🔼Etymology of the name Gaham
The name גחם is difficult to interpret because the word גחם does not occur in Hebrew. At first glance, there seems to be a connection with the name חם (Ham), meaning Hot, but the dominant letter gimel can not readily be explained. Perhaps the name Gaham is supposed to point at the root גוח (guah), meaning to burst forth (see the name Gihon).
BDB Theological Dictionary assumes relations to an Arabic verb meaning to kindle or burn, and translates the name with Flame. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names points at the same Arabic verb but reports that it means Having Large And Burning Eyes. NOBSE Study Bible Name List simply reads Burning.