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HADADRIMMON . A proper name occurring in Zechariah 12:11 ‘as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon.’ It has usually been supposed to be a place-name. According to a notice by Jerome, it would be equivalent to Megiddo itself. The word, however,’ is a combination of the two names of a divinity (see Hadad). An equally good translation would be ‘as the mourning for Hadadrimmon,’ and it has been plausibly conjectured that it is the weeping for Tammuz referred to in Ezekiel 8:14 , that is here meant. In this case the old Semitic deity Hadad-Rimmon would by the 2nd cent. b.c. have become confounded with Tammuz. There is no ground for supposing an allusion to the mourning for king Josiah, which, of course, took place in Jerusalem, not in the valley of Megiddo.

J. F. M’Curdy.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Hadadrimmon'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. 1909.

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