🔼The name Immer: Summary
- Talker, He Said
- From the verb אמר (amar), to talk.
🔼The name Immer in the Bible
It's not clear how many men named Immer there are in the Bible, and there is also one city or place called such. The following individuals may overlap:
- A descendant of Aaron through either his son Eleazar or Ithamar, who came to lead a division of Levites (1 Chronicles 24:14).
- The father of Pashhur the priest who heard Jeremiah deliver an unpleasant message from the Lord, and subsequently arrested the prophet, had him beaten and locked up in Jerusalem's upper Benjamin Gate (Jeremiah 20:1).
- The ancestor of Maasai the priest who returned from the Babylonian exile (1 Chronicles 9:12). It seems likely that this Maasai was the leader of the 1052 "sons of Immer" that Ezra mentioned to have returned too (Ezra 2:37), and that the two "sons of Immer" who divorced their foreign wives during the purge of Ezra were part of that same contingent (Ezra 10:20).
- The ancestor of Amashsai, also a returned priest (Nehemiah 11:13). Maasai's father was called Meshillemith and Amashsai's father was called Meshillemoth, so it's possible that these two Immers are the same.
- The father of a man named Zadok (not the famous one) who helped repair the wall in the vicinity of Jerusalem's Horse Gate (Nehemiah 3:29).
- A place in Babylon from whence came people who claimed they were Israelites but couldn't prove it (Ezra 2:59, Nehemiah 7:61).
🔼Etymology of the name Immer
The name Immer comes from the verb אמר (amar), meaning to say or talk:
The ubiquitous verb אמר ('amar) means to talk or say and may even mean to promise or command. Nouns אמר ('omer) and מאמר (ma'amar) mean speech, word, promise or command. Nouns אמרה ('imra) and אמרה ('emra) mean utterance or speech. The metaphorical noun אמיר ('amir) refers to the leafy and fruit bearing crown of a tree.
For a meaning of the name Immer, NOBSE Study Bible Name List proposes Eloquent, and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names: He Promised. BDB Theological Dictionary does not interpret this name but does list it under the verb אמר.