🔼The name Raham: Summary
- Pity, Merciful
- From the verb רחם (raham), to love deeply or have mercy.
🔼The name Raham in the Bible
The name Raham occurs only once in the Bible. He is a son of Shema, son of Hebron, son of Caleb of Judah (1 Chronicles 2:44). Raham's son is named Jorkeam, although it seems more preferable to understand that Jorkeam was a city founded by Raham.
🔼Etymology of the name Raham
The name Raham comes from the verb רחם (raham) meaning to love or have mercy:
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.
For a meaning of the name Raham, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Pity. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names has Merciful. BDB Theological Dictionary proposes Compassion, but adds: or Softness, Gentleness?