Ramathaim-zophim


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Ramathaim-zophim

(răm'əthā`ĭm-zō`fĭm), in the Bible, birthplace of Samuel, usually called Ramah and later Ramathaim. It has been variously identified with RamahRamah
, in the Bible. 1 Town, NE ancient Palestine, allotted to Naphtali. 2 Town of Asher. 3 Unidentified town of Simeon, called Ramah of the south.
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 (4,) with ArimathaeaArimathaea
, in the New Testament, home of St. Joseph of Arimathea, not otherwise known. It may be the same as Ramathaim-zophim.
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, and with the modern RamallahRamallah
, city (2007 pop. 27,4000), in the West Bank, N of Jerusalem. The administrative center for the Palestinian Authority, it lies in a fertile farming region where olives, figs, and grapes are grown. Ramallah is inhabited mainly by Christian Arabs.
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 and RamlaRamla
or Ramleh
[Arab.,=sand], town (1994 pop. 57,300), central Israel, in a farming area. Ramla may be the biblical Ramathaim-zophim, but more probably it was founded (c.716) by the Arabs.
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. The land of Zuph is connected with the name.
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