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SHEMIRAMOTH (shē-mĭr'a-mŏth, Heb. shemîrāmôth)

One of the second rank of Levites whom David selected for making music at the return of the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem. His part, with seven others, was to play the lyre (1Chr.15.18, 1Chr.15.20).One of the teaching Levites appointed by King Jehoshaphat to teach in Judah (2Chr.17.8).

SHEMIRAMOTH shĭ mĭr’ ə mŏth (שְׁמִֽירָמֹ֡ות). 1. A Levite musician who provided music when the Ark of the Covenant was moved from the house of Obed-edom to Zion (1 Chron 15:18, 20) and assisted in the music service before the Ark after that (1 Chron 16:5).

2. A Levite delegated to teach the law in the cities of Judah (2 Chron 17:8).

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

she-mir’-a-moth, she-mi’-ra-moth, shem-i-ra’-moth (shemiramoth; in 2Ch 17:8, Kethibh shemiramoth; Semeiramoth): The name of a Levitical family. In 1Ch 15:18,20; 16:5 Shemiramoth is listed among the names of David’s choirs; in 2Ch 17:8 the same name is given among the Levites delegated by Jehoshaphat to teach the Law in the cities of Judah. According to Schrader (KAT (2), 366) the name is to be identified with the Assyrian Sammuramat; the latter occurs as a woman’s name on the monuments, more especially on the statues of Nebo from Nimrod. Another suggestion is that Shemiramoth was originally a place-name meaning "image of Shemiram" (= name of Ram or "the Exalted One").

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