🔼The name Regem: Summary
- Confederate, Partisan, Stoner
- From the verb רגם (ragam), to join in stoning.
🔼The name Regem in the Bible
The name Regem occurs only once in the Bible. He is listed as one of the sons of Jahdai of Judah, and that's all we know about him (1 Chronicles 2:47).
🔼Etymology of the name Regem
The name Regem comes from the verb רגם (ragam), meaning to stone, or to join in stoning:
The verb רגם (ragam) means to stone, or rather more precise: to strongly unite with a bunch of like-minded people and throw stones at someone until that person dies. Curiously enough, the noun רגמה (rigma) means throng or troupe, and emphasizes the bonding of joint-stoners rather than, say, the throwing of stones or the dying of the recipient. Comparable verbs in cognate languages actually mean to be friends or to join with others.
For a meaning of the name Regem, both NOBSE Study Bible Name List and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names go with the cognates and read Friend, but that is a sore misrepresentation. The name Regem describes a very strong but formal or legal bond between multiple parties, that when it feels threatened will resort to capital violence in order to protect itself. It says very little about friendly feelings among the participants and emphasizes the belief in a formal legal code or else an informal social code.