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The Hebrew word רָמָה/rāmāh means “height” and was a commonplace name for elevated places. Several biblical places are called various derivatives of the noun (Ramatayim, Ramoth, Ramoth-Gilead, Ramoth-Negev, Ramath-Lehi, Ramath-Mizpeh). It is not always easy to distinguish between them and establish their locations. 1. The best known place is the Ramah of Benjamin which is often mentioned (Josh 18:25; Judg 19:13; 1 Kgs 15:17, 21f.; Isa 10:29; Jer 40:1). The town is identified with modern er-Rām, situated 9 km north of Jerus…

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Na’aman, Nadav, “Ramah”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 November 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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