Bible Names A-G: Aram
Aram in Easton's Bible Dictionary
the son of Shem (Gen. 10:22); according to Gen. 22:21, a
grandson of Nahor. In Matt. 1:3, 4, and Luke 3:33,
this word is
the Greek form of Ram, the father of Amminadab (1 Chr.
The word means high, or highlands, and as the name of
country denotes that elevated region extending from
northeast of Israel to the Euphrates. It corresponded
generally with the Syria and Mesopotamia of the Greeks
Romans. In Gen. 25:20; 31:20, 24; Deut. 26:5, the word
is properly "Aramean" (R.V., marg.). Damascus became
the capital of the several smaller kingdoms
the designation "Aram" or "Syria."
Aram in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
("high table land".)
1. The elevated region from the N. E. of Israel to
the Euphrates and Tigris. Balaam's home (Numbers 23:7;
Deuteronomy 23:4). Syria, stretching from the Jordan and
lake Gennesareth to the Euphrates, rising 2000 feet above
the level of the sea. In contrast to Canaan, the lowland
bordering on the Mediterranean. In Genesis 24:10 (Heb.) Aram
Naharaim means "the highland between the two rivers," i.e.
Mesopotamia. Padan Aram (from paddah, a plow), "the
cultivated highland," is the same as Aram (Genesis 31:18).
In Shalmaneser's inscriptions, 900-860 B.C. the Hittites
(Khatte), under the name Palena, occur as occupying the
valley of the Orontes and eastward.
Some identify this name with Padan Aram and Batanaea
or Bashan. Many petty kingdoms in David's time formed parts
of the whole Aram, Aram Rehob, Aram Zobah, etc. frontARAM
REHOB, ARAM ZOBAH.) Damascus subsequently absorbed these. In
Genesis 10 Aram is described as son of Shem; Elam, Asshur,
Arphaxad, and Aram (arranged in the geographical order from
E. to W.) being the four brethren. Aram (Syrian) stands for
Assyrian in 2 Kings 18:26; Jeremiah 35:11.
2. Another Aram (Genesis 22:21), son of Kemuel,
descended from Nahor; probably head of the tribe Ram, to
which belonged Elihu, Job's friend (Job 32:2).
Aram in Hitchcock's Bible Names
Aram in Naves Topical Bible
(The name of various regions, and of several men. The word
signifies highlands, and is applied in its compounds
various highland districts of Syria)
-1. The region whence Balaam came at Balak's command
-2. A region north of Canaan
-3. Son of Shem
Ge 10:22,23; 1Ch 1:17
-4. Son of Kemuel
-5. Son of Shamer
Aram in Smiths Bible Dictionary
1. The name by which the Hebrews designated,
generally, the country lying to the northeast of Israel; 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."
Ge 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, 1Ki 20:1 and the name of Aram was at last
applied to it alone. Isa 7:8 also 1Kin 11:24,25; 15:18 etc.
2. Another Aram is named in Ge 22:21 as a son of
Kemuel and descendant of Nahor.
3. An Asherite, one of the sons of Shamer. 1Ch 7:34
4. Son of Esrom or Hezron, and the Greek form of the
Mt 1:3,4; Lu 3:33
Aram in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
a'-ram ('aram): (1) A son of Shem (Gen 10:22; 1 Ch 1:17). See
ARAMEANS; SYRIA. (2) A grandson of Nahor (Gen 22:21). (3) A
descendant of Asher (1 Ch 7:34). (4) Aram, King James Version:
Greek form of Ram (thus the Revised Version (British and
American) Mt 13:4; Arni Lk 3:33), grandson of Perez.
Aram in Wikipedia
According to the Table of Nations in Genesis 10 of the
Hebrew Bible, Aram (אֲרָם or ʾĂrām) was a son of Shem, and the
father of Uz, Hul, Gether and Mash.
In older historiographic sources, he is usually regarded as
being the eponymous ancestor of the Aramaean people of
Northern Mesopotamia and Syria. While the historical
Aramaeans do not make their definite appearance until ca.
1300 BC, there are disputed references to a campaign against
"Aram" as early as 2300 BC, in the inscriptions of Naram-Sin
According to the Book of Jubilees (9:5), the inheritance of
the Earth to be bequeathed to the descendants of Aram
included all of the land between the Tigris and Euphrates
rivers, as far north as the mountains; although
historically, the Aramaeans never at any time occupied the
whole of this territory, which would include all of
The land of Aram-Naharaim ("Aram of the Two Rivers") that
included Haran, mentioned five times in the Bible, is
traditionally thought to be populated by descendants of
Aram, as is the nearby land of Aram that included Aram
Damascus and Aram Rehob.
Aram son of Shem is also revered as a prophet in Mandaeism.
Aram Scripture - 1 Chronicles 2:23
And he took Geshur, and Aram, with the towns of Jair, from
them, with Kenath, and the towns thereof, [even] threescore
cities. All these [belonged to] the sons of Machir the father
Aram Scripture - Matthew 1:3
And Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat
Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram;
Aram Scripture - Matthew 1:4
And Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and
Naasson begat Salmon;
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