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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 1Ki 10:1; 2Ch 9:1; Isa 66:19, it is most probably "renown," or "reputation"; shemu‘ah (1Ki 10:7; 2Ch 9:6) may have either meaning; shoma‘ (Jos 6:27; 9:9; Es 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 (1Ki 4:31; 1Ch 14:17; 22:5; Ze 3:19, the Revised Version (British and American) "name"); qol, "voice," is report (Ge 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; Mr 1:28); pheme, "word," "rumor," is report, fame in this sense (Mt 9:26; Lu 4:14); echos, "a sound," "noise" (Lu 4:37, the Revised Version (British and American) "rumor"), and logos, "word" (Lu 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.

Written by W. L. Walker

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
A-1 Noun Strong's Number: g5345 Greek: pheme


originally denoted "a Divine voice, an oracle;" hence, "a saying or report" (akin to phemi, "to say," from a root meaning "to shine, to be clear;" hence, Lat., fama, Eng., "fame"), is rendered "fame" in Mat 9:26; Luk 4:14.


(1) In Luk 5:15, RV, logos, "a word, report, account," is translated "report," for AV, "fame."

(2) Akoe, "a hearing," is translated "report" in the RV of Mat 4:24; 14:1; Mar 1:28, for AV, "fame."
See EAR, No. 3, HEARING.

(3) Echos, "a noise, report, sound," is translated "rumor," in the RV of Luk 4:37, for AV, "fame;" "sound" in Act 2:2; Hbr 12:19.

B-1 Verb Strong's Number: g1310 Greek: diaphemizo


signifies "to spread abroad a matter," Mat 28:15, RV; Mar 1:45, RV (from dia, "throughout," and phemi, "to say"); hence, "to spread abroad one's fame," Mat 9:31. All the passages under this heading relate to the testimony concerning Christ in the days of His flesh.

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