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Ramoth-gilead
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
Usually identified with Tell er-Rumeith, near the border of Jordan and five miles (eight kilometers) south of the modern city of Er-Ramtha. Ramoth-gilead is featured in the Bible as a hub of tension between the Israelites and the Aramaeans. This is also the location where King Ahab of Israel died in battle.
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Ramoth-Gilead
Ramoth-gilead (רמת גלעד‎, rmt gl'd). Usually identified with Tell er-Rumeith, near the border of Jordan and five miles (eight kilometers) south of the modern city of Er-Ramtha. Ramoth-gilead is featured in the Bible as a hub of tension between the Israelites and the Aramaeans. This is also the location
Mizpah
Mizpah (מִצְפָּה‎, mitspah). A town in Benjamin that was a common gathering site for the Israelites. Also called Mizpeh (מִצְפֵּה‎, mitspeh).
Ramoth
Ramoth (רָאמוֹת‎, ramoth). A Levitical city assigned to the tribe of Issachar (1 Chr 6:73). May have been the same place as Jarmuth (Josh 21:29) and Remeth (Josh 19:21).
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Ramoth-Gilead (Place)
RAMOTH-GILEAD (PLACE) [Heb rāmōt gilʿād (רָמֹת גִּלְעָד)]. A fortress-city of Gilead located in the E portion of Gad’s tribal territory. Ramoth-gilead is first mentioned in the Bible (Deut 4:43) as a city in Transjordan which Moses set aside for the tribe of Gad as a place of refuge for perpetrators
Mizpah (Place)
MIZPAH (PLACE) [Heb hamiṣpâ (הַמִצְפָּה)]. Var. MIZPEH. A place-name connected with several biblical sites in and around Palestine. The toponym, deriving from the root ṣph meaning “to guard,” or “to watch,” suggests the location at a site of a military outpost, observatory, or “watchtower” (see the
Ramah (Place)
RAMAH (PLACE) [Heb rāmâ (רָמָה)]. Var. RAMATHAIM-ZOPHIM. The word means “height” and was a common place name for elevated towns and villages in biblical times.1. A town in Benjamin (Josh 18:25), usually identified with modern er-Ram (M.R. 172140), situated 7 km N of Jerusalem, though some plausibly
Ramoth (Place)
RAMOTH (PLACE) [Heb rāʾmôt (רָאמֹות)]. A town of the tribe of Issachar, reportedly granted to the sons of Gershom (1 Chr 6:58—Eng 6:73). The city listed at the same point in the parallel levitical town register in Josh 21:29 is called Jarmuth (yarmût); the LXX supports “Ramoth” as the probable original
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Ramoth-gilead
Ramoth-gilead. City lying in the Transjordan area of Gilead and probably identifiable with Tell Ramith, although the site of Tell el-Husn has also been suggested. Initially biblical references refer to Ramoth in Gilead (Dt 4:43; Jos 20:8; 21:38) while later it is called Ramoth-gilead. Combined names
Mizpah
Mizpah. Name meaning “watch tower” in Hebrew (spelled alternately Mizpeh) used to designate a number of different locations mentioned in the OT and Apocrypha.1. Place in Gilead where Jacob and Laban made a covenant (Gn 31:49) and set up a heap of stones to mark the borders between their territories.
Mizpeh
Mizpeh. Alternate spelling for Mizpah (Jos 11:3, 8; 15:38; 18:26).See Mizpah.
Rama
Rama. kjv spelling of Ramah, a Benjamite city, in Matthew 2:18.See Ramah #1.
Ramah
Ramah. 1. One of the cities located in the territory allotted to Benjamin’s tribe for an inheritance, listed between Gibeon and Beeroth (Jos 18:25). In the proximity of this town, Rachel, Jacob’s wife was buried (Mt 2:18, kjv Rama; cf. Gn 35:16–21; Jer 31:15). Ramah, positioned near Bethel, was the place
Ramoth (Place)
Ramoth (Place). 1. Abbreviated form of Ramoth-gilead.See Ramoth-gilead.2. Alternate name for Baalath-beer, the city in the Negeb, in 1 Samuel 30:27.See Baalath-beer.3. Alternate name (or textual corruption) of Jarmuth, a levitical city, in 1 Chronicles 6:73.See Jarmuth #2.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Ramoth-gilead
Ramoth-gilead rāʹməth gilʹē-əd [Heb. rāmōṯ gilʾāḏ rāmôṯ gilʾāḏ; Gk. B Rhemmath Galaad, A Rhammoth]; RAMOTH IN GILEAD [Heb. rāʾmōṯ baggilʾāḏ, rāmōṯ baggilʾāḏ; LXX Rhamo&181;th en Galaad, Arēmōth en te¸¯´ Galaad, etc.]. One of the cities of refuge established by Moses for the tribe of Gad
Mizpah
Mizpah miz̀pä; MIZPEH mizʹpə. The Hebrew word in both these forms (fem and masc, respectively) means “lookout” or “watch tower” and is a place name or place-name element. It is appropriate for towns occupying high, commanding positions.
Mizpah
1. Mizpah in northern Gilead [Heb hammiṣpâ (Gen. 31:49; Jgs. 10:17; 11:11, 34), miṣpâ (Hos. 5:1); Gk Massēpha, etc.]; AV Apoc. Maspha. A city of Gilead mentioned in Jgs. 10–11 in connection with Jephthah’s conflict with the Ammonites. At Mizpah, Jephthah’s residence (11:34), the Israelites assembled
Ramah
Ramah räʹmə [Heb. rāmâ-‘height’; Gk. Rhama, Kiramas (1 Esd. 5:20)]; AV also RAMA, CIRAMA (1 Esd. 5:20); NEB also RAMA, KIRAMA (1 Esd. 5:20).
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Ramoth-Gilead
RAMOTH-GILEAD City lying in the Transjordan area of Gilead and probably identifiable with Tell Ramith, although the site of Tell el-Husn has also been suggested. Initially, biblical references pertain to Ramoth in Gilead (Dt 4:43; Jos 20:8; 21:38), while later it is called Ramoth-gilead. Combined names
Mizpah
MIZPAH Name meaning “watchtower” in Hebrew (alternately spelled Mizpeh) used to designate a number of different locations mentioned in the OT and Apocrypha.1. Place in Gilead where Jacob and Laban made a covenant (Gn 31:49) and set up a heap of stones to mark the borders between their territories.2.
Mizpeh
MIZPEH Alternate spelling for Mizpah (Jos 11:3, 8; 15:38; 18:26). See Mizpah.
Rama
RAMA* kjv spelling of Ramah, a Benjaminite city, in Matthew 2:18. See Ramah #1.
Ramah
RAMAH1. One of the cities located in the territory allotted to Benjamin’s tribe for an inheritance, listed between Gibeon and Beeroth (Jos 18:25). In the proximity of this town, Rachel, Jacob’s wife, was buried (Mt 2:18; cf. Gn 35:16–21; Jer 31:15). Ramah, positioned near Bethel, was the place where
Ramoth (Place)
RAMOTH (Place)1. Abbreviated form of Ramoth-gilead. See Ramoth-gilead.2. Alternate name for Baalath-beer, a city in the Negev, in 1 Samuel 30:27. See Baalath-beer.3. Alternate name (or textual alteration) of Jarmuth, a Levitical city, in 1 Chronicles 6:73. See Jarmuth #2.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Ramoth-Gilead
Ramoth-gilead (ray´muhth-gil´ee-uhd), in the tribal inheritance, a city assigned to Gad that became both a levitical city and a city of refuge (Josh. 21:38; 1 Chron. 6:80; Deut. 4:43; Josh. 20:8). It was located east of the Jordan River in an area that later became the shifting border between Syria and
Ramah
Ramah (ray´muh; Heb., “height”).1 Ramah of Benjamin, which is identified with modern er-Ram, about five miles north of Jerusalem and west of Geba and Michmash on the border of Israel and Judah. It is unexcavated, but surface exploration indicates occupation beginning about the twelfth century bce. The
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Ramoth-Gilead
RAMOTH-GILEAD. An important town in Gilead near the border of Syria. Located 25 or 30 miles E of the Jordan River on a line roughly parallel with Jezreel and Megiddo, it is identified by Nelson Glueck with the modern Tell RaµméÆth. Moses designated it a city of refuge for the tribe of Gad (Deut 4:41–43).
Mizpah, Mizpeh
MIZPAH, MIZPEH. Heb. miṣpā or miṣpeh means a watchtower or lofty place from which one can see far and wide whether men have built a tower there or not (Isa 21:8; 2 Chr 20:24). It is always used with the definite article except as Hos 5:1.1. A heap of stones which Jacob set up in Gilead as a marker
Ramah
RAMAH. Ramah means “height” and was frequently used as a place name.1. A town in the tribal area of Benjamin (Josh 18:25) in the vicinity of Bethel (Jdg 4:5), Gibeah (Jdg 19:13), and Beth-aven (Hos 5:8). Robinson’s identification of Ramah with er-Ram, five and a half miles N of Jerusalem, still stands.
Ramoth
RAMOTH1. A city in the territory of Gad, also called Ramoth-gilead (q.v.). Citations are found in Deut 4:43; Josh 20:8; 21:38; 1 Chr 6:80.2. A city of Issachar (1 Chr 6:73), for which Josh 21:28–29 substitutes Jarmuth (q.v.).3. A town in the Negeb (1 Sam 30:27, RSV, NASB). See Ramath of the South.
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Ramoth-Gilead
RAMOTH-GILEAD. A walled city in the territory of Gad, E of the Jordan, which featured frequently in Israel’s wars with Syria. It was one of the *cities of refuge (Dt. 4:43; Jos. 20:8) and was assigned to the Merarite Levites (Jos. 21:38; 1 Ch. 6:80). It has been identified with Mizpeh, Mizpeh of Gilead
Mizpah, Mizpeh
MIZPAH, MIZPEH. The basic meaning of the word is ‘watchtower’, ‘place for watching’. It is vocalized as miṣpâ and miṣpeh, and is found usually with the article. It is natural to look for places so named on high vantage-points. The following may be distinguished:1. The place where *Jacob and Laban
Ramah
RAMAH. The Heb. name rāmâ, from the root rûm, ‘to be high’, was used of several places, all of them on elevated sites.1. Ramah of Benjamin, near Bethel, in the area of Gibeon and Beeroth (Jos. 18:25), was a resting-place on the road N. Here the Levite and his concubine planned to stay (Jdg. 19:13).
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Ramoth-Gilead
Ramoth-Gilead (Heb. rāmôṯ [hag]gilʿāḏ)A Transjordanian city of refuge located in the eastern portion of Gad’s territory (Deut. 4:43; Josh. 20:8; 21:38).Ben-hadad of Syria apparently captured the city from Israel in the middle of the 9th century b.c.e. (1 Kgs. 20, 22). The king of Israel (probably
Mizpah, Mizpeh
Mizpah (Heb. miṣpâ), MIZPEH (miṣpeh)1. Mizpah of Gilead. The name given by Jacob as a sign of his covenant with Laban (Gen. 31:49). The so-called Mizpah benediction invokes Yahweh to monitor the parties’ compliance with the covenant stipulations. Later, Israel’s forces assembled here in preparation
Ramah
Ramah (Heb. rāmâ)Common designation for elevated towns and villages in ancient Israel (Heb. “the height”).1. A town allotted to Benjamin (Josh. 18:25), located on the border of Ephraim. It is usually identified with modern er-Râm (172140), 8 km. (5 mi.) N of Jerusalem. Deborah the prophetess would
Ramoth
Ramoth (Heb. rāʾmôṯ, rāmōṯ, rāʾmōṯ)1. Ramoth in Gilead (Deut. 4:43; Josh. 20:8; 21:38; 1 Chr. 6:80 [MT 65]).See Ramoth-gilead.2. Ramoth of the Negeb, a Simeonite town to which David sent spoils from the Amalekite raiders of Ziklag (1 Sam. 30:27).See Ramah 2.3. A levitical city in the tribal
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Ramoth-Gilead
Ramoth-Gilead [rāˊmŏth gĭlˊĭ əd] (Heb. rāmōṯ, rā˒môṯ, rāmôṯ [bagjgil˓āḏ). A city in the tribal territory of Gad that served as one of the three Transjordanian cities of refuge (Deut. 4:43; Josh. 20:8) and as a levitical city for the Merarites (Josh. 21:38; 1 Chr. 6:80 [MT 65]). During
Mizpah, Mizpeh
MIZPAH [mĭzˊpä] (Heb. fem. miṣpâ “lookout, watchtower”), MIZPEH [mĭzˊpə ] (masc. miṣpeh).
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
Mizpah
MIZPAH A town in Gilead where Jacob and Laban made a covenant (Gen. 31:48–9). It was the home of Jephthah (Judg. 11:11; Authorized Version: ‘Mizpeh’). Judas Maccabaeus conquered the town and set it on fire (1 Macc. 5:35; Authorized Version: ‘Maspha’). According to Eusebius it was situated 15 miles from
Mizpeh
MIZPEH A town on the main road from Jerusalem to Shechem, on the northern border of Benjamin. In the early Iron Age it was in the territory of Benjamin (Josh. 18:26). The Israelites gathered here to fight against the Philistines, and it was one of the cities in which Samuel judged the people (1 Sam.
Ramah; Ramataim-Zophim, Arimathea
RAMAH; RAMATAIM-ZOPHIM, ARIMATHEA A town in the territory of Benjamin (Josh. 18:25; Authorized Version: ‘Gaba’), not far from Geba and Gibeah of Saul (1 Sam. 22:6). It was fortified by Baasha, King of Israel (1 Kgs. 15:17), ‘so that he might not suffer any to go out or come in to Asa King of Judah’.
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Ramoth-Gilead
RAMOTH-GILEAD A fortress-city in the territory of Gad in Gilead, east of the Jordan (Josh 20:8). It was assigned to the Merarite Levites as one of the forty-eight Levitical cities (Josh 21:38; 1 Chr 6:80), and it was one of the six cities of refuge for those found guilty of unintentional homicide (Josh
Mizpah
MIZPAH, MIZPEH (Hebrew, “watchtower”) The name of several locations in Scripture, so named because they were positioned to provide a place of observation or a vantage point.1. The location where Jacob sealed a covenant with Laban and set up a heap of stones as a perpetual witness to it (Gen 31:44–46).
Ramah
RAMAH The name of a number of places in the Bible.1. A town in the territory of Benjamin halfway between Jerusalem and Bethel (Josh 18:25). In Judg 4:5, the prophetess Deborah sat beneath a palm tree near Ramah. Later, a Levite traveling from Bethlehem considered spending the night at Ramah with his
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