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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature


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(Λιάθεμα ; Alex. and Josephus, Δάθεμα; other MSS. Δάμεθα ; Vulg. Dathema), a fortress. (τὸ ὀχύρωμα; Joseph. φρούριον ) in which the Jews of Gilead took refuge from the heathen (1 Maccabees 5:9; Joseph. Ant. 12:8, 1). Here they were relieved by Judas and Jonathan (1 Maccabees 5:24). They marched from Bozora to Dathema (1 Maccabees 5:28-29), and left it for Maspha (Mizpeh) (1 Maccabees 5:35). The reading of the Peshito, Ramtha, points to Ramoth-Gilead, which can hardly fail to be the correct identification. Ewald, however, Gesch. Isr. 3, 2, p. 359, note), would correct this to Damtha, which he compares with Dhamri, a place reported by Burckhardt (Syr. 1. 196).

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Dathema'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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