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(Heb. רָם, high), the name of three men in Scripture.

1. (Sept. Ἀράμ, v. r. Ἀῤῥάν and Ο᾿ράμ ; Vul. Aran.) The son of Hezron and father of Amminadab, B.C. cir. 1780. He was born in Egypt after Jacob's migration there, as his name is not mentioned in Genesis 46:4. He first appears in Ruth 4:19. The genealogy in 1 Chronicles 2:9-10 adds no further information concerning him, except that he was the second son of Hezron, Jerahmeel being the first-born (1 Chronicles 2:25). He appears in the New Test. only in the two lists of the ancestry of Christ (Matthew 1:3-4; Luke 3:33), where he is called ARAM.

2. (Sept. ῾Ράμ, v. r. ῾Ράν, Ἀράμ, Apait; Vulg. Ram.) The first-born of Jerahmeel, and therefore nephew of the preceding (1 Chronicles 2:25; 1 Chronicles 2:27). B.C. post 1780. He had three sons Maaz, Jamin, and Eker.

3. (Sept. ῾Ράμ, v. r. Ἀράμ ; Vulg. Ram.) Elihu, the son of Barachel the Buzite, is described as "of the kindred of Ram" (Job 32:2). Rashi's note on the passage is curious: of the family of Ram,' Abraham; for it is said, the greatest man among the Anakim' (Joshua 14); this [is] Abraham." Ewald identifies Ram with Aram, mentioned in Genesis 22:21 in connection with Huz and Buz (Gesch. i, 414). Elihu would thus be a collateral descendant of Abraham, and this may have suggested the extraordinary explanation given by Rashli. (See ARAM).

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Ram'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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