Aram

Aram [N] [H] [S]

the son of Shem ( Genesis 10:22 ); according to Genesis 22:21 , a grandson of Nahor. In Matthew 1:3 Matthew 1:4 , and Luke 3:33 , this word is the Greek form of Ram, the father of Amminadab ( 1 Chronicles 2:10 ).

The word means high, or highlands, and as the name of a country denotes that elevated region extending from the northeast of Palestine to the Euphrates. It corresponded generally with the Syria and Mesopotamia of the Greeks and Romans. In Genesis 25:20 ; Genesis 31:20 Genesis 31:24 ; Deuteronomy 26:5 , the word "Syrian" is properly "Aramean" (RSV, marg.). Damascus became at length the capital of the several smaller kingdoms comprehended under the designation "Aram" or "Syria."

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M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

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Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for Aram". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .

Aram [N] [E] [S]

highness
Hitchcock's Dictionary of Bible Names. Public Domain. Copy freely.

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Hitchcock, Roswell D. "Entry for 'Aram'". "An Interpreting Dictionary of Scripture Proper Names". . New York, N.Y., 1869.

Aram [N] [E] [H]

(high ).

  1. The name by which the Hebrews designated, generally, the country lying to the northeast of Palestine; the great mass of that high tableland which, rising with sudden abruptness from the Jordan and the very margin of the Lake of Gennesaret, stretched at an elevation of no less than 2000 feet above the level of the sea, to the banks of the Euphrates itself. Throughout the Authorized Version the word is, with only a very few exceptions, rendered, as in the Vulgate and LXX., SYRIA. Its earliest occurrence in the book of Genesis is in the form of Aram-naharaim , i.e. the "highland of or between the two rivers." ( Genesis 24:10 ) Authorized Version "Mesopotamia." In the later history we meet with a number of small nations or kingdoms forming parts of the general land of Aram; but as Damascus increased in importance it gradually absorbed the smaller powers, ( 1 Kings 20:1 ) and the name of Aram was at last applied to it alone. ( Isaiah 7:8 ) also 1Kin 11:24,25; 15:18 etc.
  2. Another Aram is named in ( Genesis 22:21 ) as a son of Kemuel and descendant of Nahor.
  3. An Asherite, one of the sons of Shamer. ( 1 Chronicles 7:34 )
  4. Son of Esrom or Hezron, and the Greek form of the Hebrew RAM. ( Matthew 1:3 Matthew 1:4 ; Luke 3:33 )

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[E] indicates this entry was also found in Easton's Bible Dictionary
[H] indicates this entry was also found in Hitchcock's Bible Names

Bibliography Information

Smith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Aram'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary". . 1901.

ARAM

a'-ram ('aram):

(1) A son of Shem (Genesis 10:22; 1 Chronicles 1:17). See ARAMEANS; SYRIA.

(2) A grandson of Nahor (Genesis 22:21).

(3) A descendant of Asher (1 Chronicles 7:34).

(4) Aram, King James Version:

Greek form of Ram (thus the Revised Version (British and American) Matthew 13:4; Arni Luke 3:33), grandson of Perez.


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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'ARAM'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.