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Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible

Mareshah

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MARESHAH. 1. The ‘father’ of Hebron ( 1 Chronicles 2:42 ). 2. A Judahite ( 1 Chronicles 4:21 ). These genealogical data are really concerned with 3. An important city in the Shephçlah of Judah ( Joshua 15:44 ), fortified by Rehoboam ( 2 Chronicles 11:8; see also 2Ch 14:9-10; 2 Chronicles 20:37 , Micah 1:15 ). Later on, under the name Marissa , Josephus describes ( Ant . XII. viii. 6 etc.) its extremely chequered history. The site of Mareshah has now with certainty been identified as Tell Sandahanna . This tell was partially excavated by Bliss and Macalister, but the identity of the site was finally demonstrated by the finding, in 1902, of a tomb by Messrs. Peters and Tiersch, adorned with a number of interesting pictured animals, etc., and about 200 inscriptions recording the names of many PhÅ“nician inhabitants of Marissa, about b.c. 200. The hill on which the ruins of Mareshah stand is riddled with the most extraordinary caves, once human dwellings. The old name Mareshah still lingers in Khurbet Merash , the name of some ruins about half a mile off. See also Marisa.

E. W. G. Masterman.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Mareshah'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hdb/m/mareshah.html. 1909.

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