🔼The name Shimea: Summary
- He Has Heard, Hearing, Rumor
- From the verb שמע (shama'), to hear.
🔼The name Shimea in the Bible
The name Shimea is assigned four times in the Bible:
- The third son of Jesse is named שמעא (Shimea) in 1 Chronicles 2:13 but שמעה (Shimeah) in 2 Samuel 13:3 and 13:32; שמה (Shammah) in 1 Samuel 16:9, 17:13; and שמעי (Shimay) in 2 Samuel 21:21, which is spelled the same as the name Shimei but pronounced slightly different.
- A son of David is called שמעא (Shimea) in 1 Chronicles 3:5 but שמעא (Shammua) in 2 Samuel 5:14.
- Two Levites named שמעא are mentioned in 1 Chronicles 6:30 and 6:39.
- A Benjaminite named שמעה (Shimeah) is called שמאם (Shimam) in 1 Chronicles 9:38.
🔼Etymology of the name Shimea
The name Shimea comes from the 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 Shimea, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads He (God) Has Heard. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads Hearing and Rumor.