(jay' uh rih-awr' ih gihm) Personal namemeaning, “forests of the weavers.” Father of Elhanan from Bethlehem, who killed Goliath. See Elhanan. Many modern Bible scholars follow early Greek translations and
1 Chronicles 20:5 and omit Oregim (REB). Others interpret Oregim as a common noun, identifying Jair as a weaver (NIV translation note). This is partly based on
2 Samuel 23:24, where an Elhanan of Bethlehem is identified as the son of Dodo. Jaare may be an abbreviated form of Kiriath-jearim. See Kiriath-jearim.
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Butler, Trent C. Editor.. "Entry for 'JAARE-OREGIM'". "Holman Bible Dictionary".