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A few of the proper names in the Bible are associated with trees and flowers (Susanna—“white lily”), and it would prove a profitable exercise to group these names together. Tamar, used of three females, which means, “a palm tree,” is one such name. Abiathar, a compound of Tamar, signifies “a palm-island” or “like a palm.” As the palm tree is the most valuable of Eastern trees, the ideas of beauty and wealth are combined in such names. It is very rare, however, to come across a modern female with the name of Tamar, in spite of its rich significance.

Devotional content drawn from All the Women of the Bible by Herbert Lockyer. Used with permission.

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