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Baal-Hamon

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(Hebrews Ba il Hamon', בּעִל הָמוֹן . place of multitude; Sept. Βεελαμών ), a place where Solomon is said to have had an extensive vineyard (Song of Solomon 8:11). Rosenmü ller (Alterth. I, 2:281) conceives that if this Baal-hamon was the name of a place that actually existed, it may be reasonably supposed identical with Baal-gad or Heliopolis; for Hamon was a chief Phoenician god (Davis, Carthage, p. 256, 262), perhaps the Ammon of the Eyptians (see Nahum 3:8), whom the Greeks identialed with Jupiter (Bib. Geog. 2, 253). We are not inclined to lay much stress on this conjecture (see Iken, Dissert. philo. in loc.), which, however, is adopted by Schwarz (Palest. p. 61). (See BAAL-GAD). There was a place called Hammoan, in the tribe of Asher (Joshua 19:28), which Ewald (Comment. in loc.) thinks was the same as Baal- hamon; but there is little probability in this conjecture. The book of Judith (8:3) places a Balamon (Βαλαμών) or Belamon (Βελαμών) in central Palestine, near Dothaim, and therefore in the mountains of Ephraim, not far north of Samaria. (See BALAMO). If it be the same place (see Gesenius, Thes. Heb. p. 225), this vineyard may have been in one of the "fat valleys" of the "drunkards of Ephraim, who are overcome with wine," to which allusion is made in Isaiah 28:1. It appears to have been situated among the eminences south-east of Jenin. (See BETH-HAGGAN); (See BAALIM)

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Baal-Hamon'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/tce/b/baal-hamon.html. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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