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One of the cities in Gilead where Jews were besieged by the Gentile army led by Timotheus (1 Macc 5:26). Judas Maccabeus rescued these cities.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
ALEMA (PLACE) [Gk Alema (Ἀλεμα)]. Usually understood as one of six cities in Gilead where Jews were being held captive by the Gentile inhabitants of the cities after the rededication of the Temple (1 Macc 5:26). News of their plight was delivered by Nabateans to Judas Maccabeus, who was already three
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Alema alʹə-mə [GK. Alemois]. A city in Hellenistic Gilead, mentioned once (1 Macc. 5:26), where Jews had been imprisoned by the gentile inhabitants. Judas Maccabeus, when he relieved other of the Gileadite cities, also probably aided Alema, though it is not mentioned. The site is unknown, but a suggested
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
ALEMA City in Gilead from which Judas Maccabeus liberated Jews who had been surrounded by hostile Gentiles (1 Macc 5:24–35). Most authorities place it some 25 to 35 miles (40 to 55 kilometers) east of the Sea of Galilee, perhaps at modern Alma in Gilead. Helam, scene of a decisive victory by David, might
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Catholic Bible Dictionary
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
ALEMA<al’-e-ma> ([ʼΑλέμοις, Alemois]): A town in Gilead, mentioned once only (1 Macc 5:26), besieged by the nations under Timotheus, together with Bosor and other cities; and probably relieved along with these cities by Judas Maccabeus, although no mention is made of Alema’s relief. The name occurs
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
Alema al′uh-muh (Αλεμοι, presumably from Αλεμα). One of a half-dozen cities in Gilead in which the Gentile inhabitants had imprisoned some Jews (1 Macc. 5:26). When Judas Maccabee was informed of the situation, he took the cities and slew their inhabitants (5:28–44). The exact location of Alema is unknown,
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
ALEMA, alʹē̇-ma (Ἀλέμοις, Alémois): A town in Gilead, mentioned once only (1 Macc 5:26), besieged by the nations under Timotheus, together with Bosor and other cities; and probably relieved along with these cities by Judas Maccabaeus, although no mention is made of Alema’s relief. The name occurs
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
ALEMA al´uh-muh [Ἄλειμοι Aleimoi]. Location in Gilead where Judas Maccabeus liberated captive Jews imprisoned by the surrounding Gentiles (1 Macc 5:26, 44). Although the Greek (ʾen Alemois) could suggest Alema was a region, it was more likely a fortified city, sometimes identified with the modern site