Ramoth-Gilead

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Ramoth-Gilead, (Hebrew: רָמֹת גִּלְעָד‎; Douay-Rheims: Ramoth Galaad; meaning "Heights of Gilead"), is a city of refuge east of the Jordan river; called "Ramoth in Gilead" (Deuteronomy 4:43; Joshua 20:8; 21:38). It was in the tribal territorial allotment of the tribe of Gad.

Biblical events[edit]

Here, during the battle of Ramoth Gilead between Israel and Arameans, Ahab of Israel joined Jehoshaphat in the battle but was mortally wounded by an arrow and died (1 Kings 22:1-36), he was propped up in his chariot facing his men but by evening, Ahab died and the Arameans won.

Later an incident occurred when Ahaziah and Joram fought against Hazael, king of Aram-Damascus, and Joram was wounded (2 Kings 8:28).

In this city, Jehu, Joram's commander, was anointed by one of the sons of the prophets (9:1, 4).

Location[edit]

It has with probability been identified with Reimun, on the northern slope of the Jabbok, about 5 miles west of Jerash or Gerasa, one of the cities of Decapolis.[citation needed]

Other possible locations include:[citation needed]

  1. Gerosh, about 25 miles north-east of Salt
  2. Ramath-Mizpeh.

References[edit]

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainEaston, Matthew George (1897). "article name needed". Easton's Bible Dictionary (New and revised ed.). T. Nelson and Sons. 

Coordinates: 32°30′N 36°01′E / 32.500°N 36.017°E / 32.500; 36.017