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Golan

(gō`lən), in the Bible, refuge city, located in the tribal territory of Manasseh E of the Jordan; it was also a levitical city. Golan gives its name to the rocky plateau known as the Golan HeightsGolan Heights,
strategic upland region (2003 est. pop. 10,500), c.500 sq mi (1,250 sq km), SW Syria. It borders S Lebanon, NE Israel, and NW Jordan. It takes its name from the ancient city of Golan and was known as Gaulanitis in New Testament times.
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Golan

appointed city of sanctuary for unintentional murderers. [O.T.: Joshua 20:8]
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We turn now to the village of Ramsaniyye (roughly ten acres in area) at the eastern edge of Gaulanitis, on the ridge and sides of a high basalt mound.
More certain and, I think, every bit as historically noteworthy, is the existence of a Christian community, perhaps under monastic guidance, in eastern Gaulanitis, only forty years after the death of Constantine.
Further, far from declining into a kind of dormancy after the period in which Josephus wrote, Gaulanitis and the two city territories of Caesarea Philippi/Paneas and Hippus seem to have enjoyed a population spurt in the late Roman and early Byzantine eras, helped by the olive oil market.