🔼The name Jerahmeel: Summary
- May God Have Compassion, He Will Obtain Mercy Of God
- From (1) the verb רחם (raham), to love deeply, and (2) the word אל ('el), God.
🔼The name Jerahmeel in the Bible
There are three men named Jerahmeel in the Bible:
- The best known Jerahmeel is the patriarch of the Jerahmeelites of Judah, mentioned in 1 Samuel 27 and 30, and the son of Hezron and Abijah (1 Chronicles 2:9). This Jerahmeel is the brother of Ram, who is an ancestor of Jesus (Matthew 1:3).
- A son of a Merari Levite named Kish (1 Chronicles 24:29).
- An officer under king Jehoiakim who helped arrest Baruch and Jeremiah (Jeremiah 36:26).
🔼Etymology of the name Jerahmeel
In names אל ('el) usually refers to אלהים ('elohim), that is Elohim, or God, also known as אלה ('eloah). In English, the words 'God' and 'god' exclusively refer to the deity but in Hebrew the words אל ('l) and אלה ('lh) are far more common and may express approach and negation, acts of wailing and pointing, and may even mean oak or terebinth.
The first part of our name comes from the verb רחם (raham), meaning to love deeply:
Verb רחם (raham) means to love deeply or have mercy, and commonly reflects the attentions of a superior toward an inferior (parents to children, God to people). It appears to derive from the noun רחם (rehem), womb.
Noun רחמים (rahamim) means compassions or tender mercies and adjective רחום (rahum) means compassionate.
The letter yod with which the name Jerahmeel starts makes the verb active: he will raham.
For a meaning of the name Jerahmeel, NOBSE Study Bible Name List suggests May God Have Compassion, Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads He Will Obtain Mercy Of God, and BDB Theological Dictionary offers May El Have Compassion.