🔼The name Rehoboam: Summary
- The People Are Enlarged, People Of Width
- From (1) the verb רחב (rahab), to be wide, and (2) the noun עם ('am), people.
🔼The name Rehoboam in the Bible
Rehoboam is the son and successor of king Solomon (1 Kings 11:43). By being a bully instead of a manager, Rehoboam causes the detrimental breach in the united kingdom of Israel. Rehoboam becomes the king of Judah (and Simeon). His nemesis Jeroboam becomes king of the northern ten tribes.
🔼Etymology of the name Rehoboam
The name Rehoboam is a compilation of two elements. The first part of the name comes from the verb רחב (rahab), meaning to be wide:
The verb רחב (rahab) means to be or become large or wide — mostly of territory but also of fame, abilities, courage, trouble and so on.
This verb's derivatives are: the nouns רחב (rahab) and רחב (rohab), width or wideness; adjective רחב (rahab), broad or wide; noun רחוב (rehob), a broad open place or plaza, and noun מרחב (merhab), a broad or roomy place.
The second part of the name Rehoboam is the common noun עם (am) meaning a people:
The verb עמם ('mm) probably expressed to be inclusive or comprehensive. Its rare uses in the Bible relate to making secrets or making info available to an in-crowd. Preposition עם ('im) means 'with', מעם (me'im) means 'from', and עמה ('umma) means 'beside'. Noun עם ('am) means a people, ranging from all of mankind to the in-crowd of a small village. Noun עם ('am) refers to one's (paternal) kinsman.
Rehoboam means Enlarges The People (according to Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names) or The People Are Enlarged (according to NOBSE Study Bible Name List).