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Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature


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Ra´mah (a high place, height), the name of several towns and villages in Palestine, which it is not in all cases easy to distinguish from one another.

Ramah, 1

Ramah, a town of Benjamin (), in the vicinity of Gibeah and Geba; on the way from Jerusalem to Bethel (), and not far from the confines of the two kingdoms. Jerome places it six Roman miles north of Jerusalem, and Josephus places it forty stadia from Jerusalem. In accordance with all these intimations, at the distance of two hours' journey north of Jerusalem, upon a hill a little to the east of the great northern road, a village still exists under the name of er-Ram, in which we cannot hesitate to recognize the representative of the ancient Ramah.

Ramah, 2

Ramah of Samuel, so called, where the prophet lived and was buried (; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ). It is probably the same with the Ramathaim-Zophim to which his father Elkanah belonged (; ). The position of this Ramah was early lost sight of by tradition, and the variety of conflicting opinions regarding it shows that nothing is known with certainty on the subject.

Ramah, 3

Ramah, a city of Naphtali ().

Ramah, 4

Ramah, a town of Gilead (), the name of which is given more fully in , as Ramoth-Mizpeh.





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Kitto, John, ed. Entry for 'Ramah'. "Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature".

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