NEHELAMITE (nē-hĕl'a-mīt, Heb. hanĕ- helāmî). Shemaiah, a false prophet, an adversary of Jeremiah, is styled a Nehelamite (Jer.29.24, Jer.29.31-Jer.29.32). The place-name Nehelam is not found in the OT.
NEHELAMITE nĭ hĕl’ əm īt
, dweller of Nehelam
). An epithet applied to Shemaiah, one of the false prophets who opposed Jeremiah and whom he rebuked (Jer 29:24
KJV, ASV). The RSV has “of Nehelam,” but no such place name is found in the OT. It could be a family name. The KJVmg. has “dreamer,” apparently because the etymology suggests a connection with the Heb. חָלַם
, “to dream.”
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
ne-hel’-a-mit, (ha-necheldmi): The designation of Shemaiah, a false prophet who opposed Jeremiah (Jer 29:24,31,32). The word means "dweller of Nehelam," but no such place-name is found in the Old Testament. Its etymology, however, suggests a connection with the Hebrew chalam, "to dream," and this has given rise to the rendering of the King James Version margin "dreamer."