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Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature


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Med´eba, a town east of the Jordan, in the tribe of Reuben (; ), before which was fought the great battle in which Joab defeated the Ammonites and their allies (). It originally belonged to the Moabites (); and after the captivity of the tribes beyond the Jordan, they again took possession of it (). The Onomasticon places it near Heshbon; and it was once the seat of one of the thirty-five bishoprics of Arabia (Reland, Palœstina, pp. 217, 223, 226). Medeba, now in ruins, still retains its ancient name, and is situated upon a round hill seven miles south of Heshbon. The ruins are about a mile and a half in circuit, but not a single edifice remains perfect.





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Kitto, John, ed. Entry for 'Medeba'. "Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature".

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