Zim'mah (Heb. Zimmah', זַמָּה, purpose; Sept. Ζεμμά v.r. Ζαμμάμ and Ζεμάθ; Vulg. Zemma or Zamma), the name of two or three Levites.
1. A Gershonite, "son" of Jahath and father of Joah (1Ch 6:20); probably the same with the "son" of Shimei and father of Jahath (ver. 42). B.C. post 1874.
2. Father or ancestor of Joah, which latter was a Gershonite in the reign of Hezekiah (2Ch 29:12). B.C. ante 726. At a much earlier period we find the same collocation of names, Zimmah and Joah as father and son (1Ch 6:20). This is but an evidence of the frequent recurrence of the same names in a family (comp. "Mahath the son of Amasai" in 2Ch 29:12 with the same in 1Ch 6:35; "Joel the son of Azariah" in 2Ch 29:12 'and 1Ch 6:36; and "Kish the son of Abdi" in 2Ch 29:12 with "Kishi the son of Abdi" in 1Ch 6:44).