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bā´al -mē´on בּעל מעון , ba‛al me‛ōn ; Βεελμεών , Beelmeō̇n ̌ : A town built by the children of Reuben along with Nebo, "their names being changed" (Numbers 32:38 ), identical with Beon of Numbers 32:3 . As Beth-baal-meon it was given by Moses to the tribe of Reuben (Joshua 13:17 ). Mesha names it as fortified by him (MS, L. 9). It appears in Jeremiah 48:23 as Beth-meon, one of the cities of Moab. Eusebius, Onomasticon speaks of it as a large village near the hot springs, i.e. Callirrhoe, in Wādy Zerḳā Ma‛in , 9 miles from Heshbon. This points to the ruined site of Ma‛ı̄n , about 4 miles Southwest of Madeba . The ruins now visible however are not older than Roman times.

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Baal-Meon'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. 1915.

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