🔼The name Ummah: Summary
- Association, Union
- From the verb עמם ('mm), to be inclusive.
🔼The name Ummah in the Bible
The name Ummah occurs (as name) only once in the Bible. It's a city mentioned among the towns that were situated in the territory allotted to the tribe of Asher, when Canaan was divided after the conquest (Joshua 19:30).
🔼Etymology of the name Ummah
The name Ummah comes from the root עמם ('mm) which expresses inclusivity:
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.
For a meaning of the name Ummah, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Association and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names has Union. BDB Theological Dictionary does not interpret the name Ummah.