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Ramah (râ'mah), a hill. 1. One of the cities of Benjamin. Joshua 18:25. Its site is at er-Râm, about five miles from Jerusalem, and near to Gibeah. Judges 4:5; Judges 19:13; 1 Samuel 22:6. Its people returned after the captivity. Ezra 2:26; Nehemiah 7:30. 2. The home of Elkanah, Samuel's father, 1 Samuel 1:19; 1 Samuel 2:11, the birthplace of Samuel himself, his home and official residence, the site of his altar, 1 Sam,7:17; 8:4; 15:34; 16:13; 19:18, and finally his burial-place. 1 Samuel 25:1; 1 Samuel 28:3. It is said that its situation was in Mount Ephraim, 1 Samuel 1:1, a district without defined boundaries. The position of Ramah is a much disputed question. The latest map of the Palestine fund places it a short distance east of Bethlehem. 3. A name applied to four other places.

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Ramah'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. 1893.

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