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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia


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beth -hā´ram ( בּית הרם , bēth hārām ; Βαιθαράν , Baitharán ; Codex Alexandrinus, Βαιθαρρά , Baitharrá ; the King James Version wrongly, Beth-Aram ): An Amorite city taken and fortified by the Gadites (Joshua 13:27; Numbers 32:36; in the latter passage the name appears as Beth-haran, probably the original form). It corresponds to Bēthramphtha of Josephus (Ant. , XVIII , ii, 1), which, according to Eusebius, was the name used by the Syrians. Here was a palace of Herod (Ant. , XVII , x, 6; BJ , II, iv, 2). Eusebius, Onomasticon says it was called Livias. Josephus says it was fortified by Herod Antipas, who called it Julias for the wife of Augustus ( Ant. , XVIII , ii, 1; BJ , II, ix, 1). The name would be changed to Julias when Livia, by the will of the emperor, was received into the Gens Julia. It is represented by Tell er -Rāmeh in Wādy Ḥesbān , about 6 miles East of Jordan.

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Beth-Haram'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. 1915.

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