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Naamah

Naamah

Naamah, in the Bible. 1 Daughter of Lamech. 2 Mother of King Rehoboam.
Naamah or Na'amah (Hebrew: נעמה, meaning pleasant) is a figure in the Bible and Jewish mysticism.

In the Bible

In the Bible, Naamah is mentioned only one time, in Genesis 4:22. The NIV states: “Lamech married two women, one named Adah and the other Zillah…. Zillah also had a son, Tubal-Cain, who forged all kinds of tools out of bronze and iron. Tubal-Cain's sister was Naamah.” Although this Lamech is said to be a descendant of Cain, he has sometimes been confused with Lamech among the descendants of Seth, an ancestor of Noah.

Other Religious References

  • Naamah is named as the wife of Noah and a daughter of Enoch, Noah's grandfather, in the mediaeval midrash
  • The 17th century theologian John Gill identified Naamah instead with the name of the wife of Ham, son of Noah, whom he believed may have become confused with Noah's wife. See Wives aboard the Ark.
  • Naamah, a city of Canaan, listed in the Book of Joshua (at 15:41), as having been conquered and subsequently settled by the Tribe of Judah. The city may possibly have been a tributary of the Canaanite royal city of Makkedah.
  • Naamah, an Ammonite wife of King Solomon, and mother of his heir, Rehoboam, according to both 1 Kings 14:21, 31, and 2 Chronicles 12:13. She is the only one of Solomon's wives to be mentioned, within the Tanakh, as having borne a child.
  • Naamah (demon), an angel of prostitution, one of the succubus mates of the demon Samael in Zoharistic Qabalah. She is the mother of divination. This Naamah is generally regarded as being the daughter of Lamech; how she became a demon is unclear. In Gnostic Kabbalah, she is called Nahemah.

Non-Religious References

  • The Red Book of Appin lists Naamah as the Queen of Fear.
  • Naamah, one of the Companions of Elua in Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's Legacy saga.
  • Naaman is the masculine version of the name; a Syrian army commander by this name appears in the Book of Kings.
  • Naamah appears as a primary antagonist in the Dragons in our Midst series.
  • Naamah is a Polish progressive rock/heavy metal band
  • "Invocation of Naamah" and "Dark Princess Naamah" are songs from Swedish symphonic metal band Therion.
  • Nahemah is a Spanish progressive death metal band.
  • In the roleplay game Changeling: the Lost,a Changeling girl who calls herself Naamah appears as the Queen of Miami's Autumn Court.
  • "Naamah" (נעמה) is used as a female given name in contemporary Israel. Literally, it means "Pleasant One", which may help explain its popularity.
  • "Naamah" is the demon who possesses the main character in the novel, Come Closer by Sara Gran.

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