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A fortified city in Gilead to which Jews retreated when persecuted by their gentile neighbors (1 Macc 5:9).
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
DATHEMA (PLACE) [Gk Dathema (Δαθεμα)]. A city in Gilead with a fortress to which Jews fled to escape persecution from the surrounding gentiles (1 Macc 5:9). The Maccabean revolt met with early successes, including retaking the temple in 164 b.c., which led to gentile reprisals. Many Jews in Gilead fled
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Dathema dathʹə-mə [Gk. Dathema] (1 Macc. 5:9; cf. v 29). A fortress in Gilead to which the Jews fled for refuge from the Gentiles. The ensuing siege was broken by Judas Maccabeus and Jonathan his brother. It was within a night’s march from Bosora. GAB suggests Tell Hamad as a possible site, E of Carnaim.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Dathema (Gk. Dathema)A fortress in Gilead repaired by Jews and used as a refuge when persecuted by the Gentiles (1 Macc. 5:9). The siege was broken by Judas Maccabeus and his brother Jonathan. The site has not been positively identified; proposals include Tell er-Ramet (Ramatha) in Gilead and Tell Hamad,
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Dathema [dăthˊə mə] (Gk. Dathenta). A fortress in which the Jews took refuge when attacked by the Gentiles (1 Mace. 5:9). From there they sent a cry of distress to Judas Maccabeus, who came to their rescue. Two possible sites have been proposed, Tell er-Ramet and Tell Hamad, east of Carnaim.
Catholic Bible Dictionary
DATHEMA A fortress city in Gilead, east of the Jordan; the exact location is uncertain. During the Maccabean revolt, Jews fled to the fortress to escape the persecution and reprisals of the Seleucids (1 Macc 5:9). They were then besieged, and called for aid from Judas Maccabeus. He arrived and broke
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 2, D–G
Dathema dath’uh-muh (Δαθεμα). A fortress in Gilead where the Jews of that region found refuge from the Syrians (1 Macc. 5:9). They were besieged there by the Seleucid forces until Judas Maccabee and his brother Jonathan rescued them. The town lay a night’s march from Bozrah (vv. 28–29). Attempts to locate
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
DATHEMA, dathʹē̇-ma (Δάθεμα, Dáthema): A stronghold (1 Macc 5:29) in Gilead to which the Jews fled for refuge from the heathen (ver 9). They were delivered by Judas and Jonathan his brother. It was within a night’s march from Bosora. It may possibly be identical with ‛Athamān which lies E. of el-Muzērīb.
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
DATHEMA dath´uh-muh [Δάθεμα Dathema]. Stronghold in Gilead where Jews sought refuge from persecution by the Syrians (1 Macc 5:9, 28–34) then appealed to JUDAS Maccabeus who, after an overnight march, defeated the Syrian general Timotheus. Dathema’s location remains uncertain, although it has been plausibly