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Aram

Meaning: High or highlands.

This was the name of various regions and men:

  1. a son of Shem (Genesis 10:22-23; 1 Chr. 1:17); according to Genesis 22:21, a grandson of Nahor

  2. a son of Kemuel (Genesis 22:21)

  3. a son of Shamer (1 Chr. 7:34)

  4. In Matt. 1:3-4 and Luke 3:33, this word is the Greek form of Ram, the father of Amminadab (1 Chr. 2:10).

  5. a region extending from the northeast of Israel to the Euphrates / It is generally identified with the Syria and Mesopotamia of the Greeks and Romans. In Genesis 25:20; 31:20, 24; Deut. 26:5, the word “Syrian” in the King James Bible is properly translated “Aramean” in all other versions, including the NKJV. Damascus became the capital of the several smaller kingdoms assembled under the designation “Aram” or “Syria.”

  6. The word “Aram” is compounded with the name of various Syrian districts, e.g., Aram-zobah and Aram-Naharaim.

Author: Matthew G. Easton, edited by Paul S. Taylor.