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fam (shem, shema`; akoe, pheme): "Fame" has the twofold meaning, (1) of report or rumor, (2) of renown or reputation (in the Old Testament it is not always easy to distinguish the two senses). "Fame," shema`, "fame," "rumor," "reports" (Nu 14:15; Job 28:22, the Revised Version (British and American) "rumor") probably means "report"; but in 1 Ki 10:1; 2 Ch 9:1; Isa 66:19, it is most probably "renown," or "reputation"; shemu`ah (1 Ki 10:7; 2 Ch 9:6) may have either meaning; shoma` (Josh 6:27; 9:9; Est 9:4) seems to mean "fame" in the sense of reputation; but in Jer 6:24 (as the American Standard Revised Version) "report"; shem, "name," has the sense of reputation (1 Ki 4:31; 1 Ch 14:17; 22:5; Zeph 3:19, the Revised Version (British and American) "name"); qol, "voice," is report (Gen 45:16, the American Standard Revised Version "report"). In the New Testament akoe, "hearing," is "report," so the Revised Version (British and American) (Mt 4:24; 14:1; Mk 1:28); pheme, "word," "rumor," is report, fame in this sense (Mt 9:26; Lk 4:14); echos, "a sound," "noise" (Lk 4:37, the Revised Version (British and American) "rumor"), and logos, "word" (Lk 5:15, the Revised Version (British and American) "report") have the same meaning; diaphemizo, "to say throughout," "to report publicly" (Mt 9:31, "they .... spread abroad his fame"), seems to imply fame in the sense of reputation.
In 1 Macc 3:26, we have "fame" in the sense of reputation, "His fame (onoma, the Revised Version (British and American) "name") came near even to the king"; so 3:41, "heard the fame of them."
ERV has "fame" for "report" (shema`), Jer 50:43.
W. L. Walker
Bibliography Information
Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Definition for 'fame'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". - ISBE; 1915.

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