🔼The name Shama: Summary
- He Has Heard, Hearing
- From the verb שמע (shama'), to hear.
🔼The name Shama in the Bible
The name Shama occurs only once in the Bible (although it's spelled the same as the name of the town Shema). Shama is the brother of Jeiel, who are sons of Hotham the Aroerite. Both brothers are listed among the mighty-men of David, but play no further role in the Bible (1 Chronicles 11:44).
🔼Etymology of the name Shama
The name Shama comes from verb שמע (shama'), meaning to hear:
The verb שמע (shama') means to hear and may also mean to understand or obey. Noun שמע (shema') means sound. Nouns שמע (shoma') and שמועה (shemu'a) mean tidings, report or mentions. Noun השמעות (hashma'ut) describes that which is caused to be heard. Noun משמע (mishma') means rumor or a thing heard. Noun משמעת (mishma'at) refers to a group or listeners.
For a meaning of the name Shama, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads He (God) Has Heard. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names has Hearing. BDB Theological Dictionary does not translate our name but does list it under the verb שמע (shama'), meaning to hear.