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rā´math - lē´hı̄ ( לחי רמת , rāmath leḥı̄ , "the hill" or "height of Lehi"; Ἀναίρεσις σιαγόνος , Anairésis siagónos ): So the place is said to have been called where Samson threw away the jaw-bone of an ass, with which he had slain 1,000 Philistines ( Judges 15:17 ). The Septuagint seems to have supposed that the name referred to the "heaving" or throwing up of the jaw-bone. The Hebrew, however, corresponds to the form used in other placenames, such as Ramath-mizpeh, and must be read as "Ramah of Lehi." The name Lehi may have been given because of some real or imagined likeness in the place to the shape of a jaw-bone (Judges 15:9 , Judges 15:14 , Judges 15:19 ). It may have been in Wâdy es -Sarār , not far from Zôr ah and Timnath; but the available data do not permit of certain identification. See JAW-BONE ; LEHI .

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

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