The name Jerahmeel (Hebrew יְרַחְמְאֵל, Yerachmi'el; Greek ιραμεηλ) appears several times in the Tanakh. It means "He will obtain mercy of God", "God pities", "May God have compassion", or "May God pity".
Bearers of the name
- a son of Hezron and great-grandson of Judah, as given in the extended genealogies in 1 Chronicles 2:9, 2:25-26 and 2:42.
- a son of Kish, one of the Levites appointed by David to administer the temple worship, as described in 1 Chronicles 24:29.
- a son of the king, sent with others by Jehoiakim to arrest Baruch the scribe and Jeremiah the prophet, as given in Jeremiah 36:26.
The Jerahmeelites were a people, presumably descended from Jerahmeel number 1 above, living in the Negev, who David, while in service with the Philistines, claimed to have attacked (1 Samuel 27:10), but with whom he was really on friendly terms (1 Samuel 30:29).
The Chronicles of Jerahmeel
The Chronicles of Jerahmeel is a mediaeval document ascribed to the 12th century Jewish historian Jerahmeel ben Solomon, and is unrelated to any of the above.
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- or, according to the interpretation of the King James version, a son of Hammelech
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Singer, Isidore; et al., eds. (1901–1906). "Jerahmeel". Jewish Encyclopedia. New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.