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Reumah meaning

ראומה

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🔼The name Reumah: Summary

🔼The name Reumah in the Bible

Reumah is the concubine of Nahor, the brother of Abraham, and the mother of four sons (Genesis 22:24). After her brief cameo appearance in Genesis 22:24, Reumah quietly exits the Biblical stage and is heard from no more.

🔼Etymology of the name Reumah

The name Reumah appears to come from the verb ראם (ra'am), meaning to rise, or even the noun ראם (re'em), wild ox:

Excerpted from: Abarim Publications' Biblical Dictionary
רום

The verb רום (rum) means to be high or high up in either a physical, social or even attitudinal sense, and may also refer to the apex in a natural process: the being ripe and ready-for-harvest of fruits. Subsequently, our verb may imply a state beyond ripe (higher than ripe, overripe), which thus refers to rotting and being maggot riddled. This means that to the ancients higher did not simply mean better, and an arrogant political status that was higher than it should be equaled rot and worms (Acts 12:23).

Derived nouns, such as רום (rum) and related forms, describe height or pride. Noun רמות (ramut) describes some high thing. The noun ארמון ('armon) refers to a society's apex: a citadel or palace. The noun ראם (re'em) describes the wild ox, which was named possibly for the same reason why we moderns call a rising market a "bull" market. The similar verb ראם (ra'am) means to rise.

The important noun רמון (rimmon) means pomegranate and the pomegranate became the symbol for harvest-ready fruit (see our full dictionary article for more on this). Overripe items might suffer the noun רמה (rimma), worm or maggot, or the verb רמם (ramam), to be wormy.

🔼Reumah meaning

For a meaning of the name Reumah, NOBSE Study Bible Name List and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names both read Exalted, but this name may very well refer to the Wild Ox. Note that the name Leah means Wild Cow in Arabic.