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Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblical Literature

Ramoth

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Ramoth (heights, pl. of Ramah). There were several places of this name, usually with some addition to distinguish them from one another.

Ramoth-Gilead

Ramoth-Gilead, called also Ramoth-Mizpeh, or simply Ramoth, a town in Gilead, within the borders of Gad (), which belonged to the Levites (;; ). It was one of the cities of refuge (; ), and one of the towns in which an intendant was stationed by Solomon (). It was the last of their conquests which the Syrians held; and Ahab was killed (; 2 Chronicles 18), and fourteen years after his son Joram was wounded (), in the attempt to recover it. The strength of the place is attested by the length of time the Syrians were enabled to hold it, and by Ahab and Joram having both been solicitous to obtain the aid of the kings of Judah when about to attack it; these being two of the only three expeditions in which the kings of Judah and Israel ever co-operated. It was here also that Jehu was proclaimed and anointed king (); but it is not very clear whether the army was then still before the town, or in actual possession of it. Eusebius places Ramoth-Gilead on the River Jabbok fifteen Roman miles west of Philadelphia (Rabbah), where the ruins of a town are still to be seen. Buckingham is, however, more disposed to seek the site of Ramoth-Gilead in a place now called Ramtha, or Rameza, which is about twenty-three miles N.W.N. from Philadelphia, and about four miles north of the Jabbok, where he noticed some ruins which he could not examine.

 

 

 

 

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Kitto, John, ed. Entry for 'Ramoth'. "Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblical Literature". https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/kbe/r/ramoth.html.

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