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(עָמְרי/ʿamrī; etymology uncertain, most likely derived from a root ġamura, “to be richly present,” cf. also Heb. ʿomer, “sheaf” [Zadok 92f.]). The uncertain etymology has led to the conjecture (most recently by Kuan) that Omri was a non-Israelite, but arguments for this are lacking (cf. also Athaliah as Omri’s daughter with a Yahwist name 2 Kgs 8:26 and Judeans named Omri, 1 Chr 7:8; 9:4; 27:18).

Old Testament and ancient Near East information on Omri is extremely divergent. According to OT traditions (esp. 1 Kgs 16:15–22), the war-chariot comm…

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Timm, Stefan, “Omri”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 04 July 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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