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The 1901 Jewish Encyclopedia

Beth-Haccerem

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According to Nehemiah 3:14, a Judean city; described in Jeremiah 6:1 as a high place visible at a great distance. Jerome (on the passage) speaks of Beth-haccerem as a village still existing on the road between Jerusalem and Tekoa. This coincides with the so-called "Mount of the Franks" (Jebel Furêdis), a high peak south of Jerusalem. But since it was on this hill that Herod the Great built a fort called "Herodion," it could hardly have become a mere village in the days of Jerome. If the statement of Jerome be true (and there is no sufficient reason to doubt it), Beth-haccerem can not be the 'Ain Karim, west of Jerusalem, as Cheyne ("Encyc. Bibl." 1:556) has it. This latter is rather to be identified with the "Kerem" mentioned in the Septuagint to Joshua 15:59. However, the village Beth-Kerem, which, according to the Mishnah (Niddah 2:7), had a reddish color, may be identical with the Biblical Beth-haccerem.

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Singer, Isidore, Ph.D, Projector and Managing Editor. Entry for 'Beth-Haccerem'. 1901 The Jewish Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/tje/b/beth-haccerem.html. 1901.

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