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Rabbath Ammon
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The toponym Rabbah or Rabbath Ammon, “the great (city) of Ammon” (Josh 13:25; 2 Sam 11:1; 12:26, 29; Ezek 25:5; etc.) is a shorter form for רַבַּתבְּנֵיעַמּוֹן/rabbat bĕnêʿammôn (Deut 3:11; 2 Sam 12:26; etc.); it can be identified with the citadel and portions of the lower city of modern ʿAmmān. Settled since prehistoric times, Rabbah developed into a city state during the Middle and Late Bronze Age. According to 2 Sam 8:12; 10:1ff.; etc., Rabbah was conquered by David. Arab traditions speak of Lot as the r…

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Hübner, Ulrich, “Rabbath Ammon”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 June 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_024784>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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