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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature


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( ῾Ραγαῦ ; Vulg. Ragau), the Greek form of the name of a place and of a person.

1. A place named only in the Apocrypha (Judith 1:5; Judith 1:15). In the latter verse the "mountains of Ragau" are mentioned. It is probably identical with RAGES (See RAGES) (q.v.).

2. One of the ancestors of our Lord, son of Phalec (Luke 3:35). He is the same person with REU (See REU) (q.v.), son of Peleg; and the difference in the name arises from our translators having followed the Greek form, in which the Hebrew ע was frequently expressed by γ, as is the case in Raguel (which once occurs for Reuel), Gomorrha, Gotholiah (for Atholiah), Phogor (for Peor), etc.

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

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