🔼The name Horem: Summary
- Designated, Devoted
- From the verb חרם (haram), to designate or consign to the afterlife.
🔼The name Horem in the Bible
The name Horem occurs only once in the Bible. It belongs to a town in the territory allotted to the tribe of Naphtali, and that's all we know about this place (Joshua 19:38).
🔼Etymology of the name Horem
The name Horem comes from the verb חרם (haram), which means to assign something to either of the two afterlife destinations:
The verb חרם (haram) describes to separate something from its natural economy and consign it to the afterlife. In practice this may either mean to grab hold of something and utterly obliterate it forever, or else set it aside for its forever keeping or some special sacred service (hence the word "harem").
The noun חרם (herem) may either refer to the act of designating something to the afterlife, or the item so designated. Perhaps a second but identical noun (or else this same noun) describes a fishing net. Such a net is of course an item with which fish are extracted from their natural economy and designated their afterlife.
For a meaning of the name Horem, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Consecrated, Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names has Devoted and BDB Theological Dictionary proposes Sacred.