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ZIMRAN (zĭm'răn, Heb. zimrān). A son of Abraham and Keturah (Gen.25.2; 1Chr.1.32).

ZIMRAN zĭm’ răn (זִמְרָן, meaning uncertain, possibly derived from zimrâ “song,” “fame”—a man celebrated in song, or zemer, “mountain goat”). A son of Abraham and the concubine Keturah (Gen 25:2; 1 Chron 1:32). The locality Zabram, W of Mecca, mentioned by Ptolemy the geographer, is a related word and may derive from the same source.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

Son of Abraham and Keturah (Ge 25:2; 1Ch 1:32). The various manuscripts of the Septuagint give the name in different forms, e.g. in Ge A, Zebran; Codex Sinaiticus Zemran; Codex Alexandrinus(1) Zembram; D(sil) Zombran; and Lucian Zemran; in Chronicles, Codex Vaticanus has Zembran, Codex Alexandrinus Zemran, Lucian Zemran (compare Brooke and McLean’s edition of the Septuagint for Genesis).

Hence, some have connected the name with Zabram of Ptol. vi.7,5, West of Mecca; others with the Zamareni of Pliny (Ant. vi.158) in the interior of Arabia; but according to Skinner and E. Meyer (see Gunkel, Gen3, 261) these would be too far south. Curtis (Chronicles, 72) says the name is probably to be identified with the "Zimri" of Jer 25:25. It would then be the name of a clan, with the mountain sheep or goat as its totem.

See Totemism.

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