🔼The name Meshillemoth: Summary
- Acts Of Recompense, Those Who Repay
- From the verb שלם (shalem), to be or make whole or complete.
🔼The name Meshillemoth in the Bible
There are two men named Meshillemoth in the Bible:
- The father of Berechiah of Ephraim, who was among the men who backed up the prophet Oded when he told the army of Israel to not abduct the war victims of Judah and take them to Samaria. These victims were subsequently freed and cared for and transported to Jericho (1 Chronicles 28:12).
- The ancestor of Amashsai, a priest who helped to repair the temple of YHWH in Jerusalem, after the return from exile in Babylon (Nehemiah 11:13). This Meshillemoth, son of Immer, may or may not be the same as Meshillemith, son of Immer, the ancestor of Maasai, also a returned priest (1 Chronicles 9:2).
🔼Etymology of the name Meshillemoth
The name Meshillemoth seems to be a plural form of a participle derived from the verb שלם (shalem), to be or make whole or complete:
The verb שלם (shalem) means to be or make whole or complete, and is also used to describe a righteous recompense or proper restitution (whether positive or not). The familiar noun שלום (shalom) means wholeness, completeness or peace.
Other derivatives are: noun שלם (shelem), peace offering; verb שלם (shalam), to be in a covenant of peace; adjective שלם (shalem), perfect, whole, complete, safe; noun שלם (shillem), recompense; nouns שלמן (shalmon), שלום (shillum), שלם (shillum) and שלמה (shilluma), reward or proper recompense.
For a meaning of the name Meshillemoth, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Acts Of Recompense. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes Those Who Repay. BDB Theological Dictionary does not offer an interpretation of the name Meshillemoth but does list it under the verb שלם (shalem).