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Easton's Bible Dictionary

Rama:

(Mat 2:18), the Greek form of Ramah. (1.) A city first mentioned in Jos 18:25, near Gibeah of Benjamin. It was fortified by Baasha, king of Israel (1Ki 15:17-22; 2Ch 16:1-6). Asa, king of Judah, employed Benhadad the Syrian king to drive Baasha from this city (1Ki 15:18,20). Isaiah (Isa 10:29) refers to it, and also Jeremiah, who was once a prisoner there among the other captives of Jerusalem when it was taken by Nebuchadnezzar (Jer 39:8-12; 40:1). Rachel, whose tomb lies close to Bethlehem, is represented as weeping in Ramah (Jer 31:15) for her slaughtered children. This prophecy is illustrated and fulfilled in the re-awakening of Rachel's grief at the slaughter of the infants in Bethlehem (Mat 2:18). It is identified with the modern village of er-Ram, between Gibeon and Beeroth, about 5 miles due north of Jerusalem. (See SAMUEL.)

(2.) A town identified with Rameh, on the border of Asher, about 13 miles south-east of Tyre, "on a solitary hill in the midst of a basin of green fields" (Jos 19:29).

(3.) One of the "fenced cities" of Naphtali (Jos 19:36), on a mountain slope, about seven and a half miles west-south-west of Safed, and 15 miles west of the north end of the Sea of Galilee, the present large and well-built village of Rameh.

(4.) The same as Ramathaim-zophim (q.v.), a town of Mount Ephraim (1Sa 1:1,19).

(5.) The same as Ramoth-gilead (q.v.), 2Ki 8:29; 2 Chr. 22:6.

International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia

Rama:

ra'-ma (Rhama): the King James Version; Greek form of RAMAH (which see) (Mt 2:18).

Smith's Bible Dictionary

Rama:

(Matthew 2:15) referring to Jeremiah 31:15, it is the Greek form of Ramah.

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