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rā´a - ma ( רעמא , ra‛mā' ): Thus spelled only in 1 Chronicles 1:9 ; elsewhere "Raamah" (רעמה , ra‛māh ). A son of Cush and father of Sheba and Dedan (Genesis 10:7 = 1 Chronicles 1:9 ). In Ezekiel's lament over Tyre (Ezekiel 27:22 ) the tribe of Raamah is mentioned along with Sheba as a mercantile people who provided the inhabitants of Tyre with spices, precious stones and gold. It has generally been identified with Regina, mentioned by Ptolemy and Steph. Byzantr. as a city in Southeastern Arabia on the shores of the Persian Gulf. The Septuagint (Ῥεγμά , Rhegmá ) itself supposes this site. But the Arabic name of the city here indicated is spelled with a g and so gives rise to a phonological difficulty. A more probable identification has been found in the Sabean ra‛māh in Southwestern Arabia near Me‛ı̄n in the north of Marib. Me‛ı̄n was the capital of the old Minaean kingdom.

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Raama'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. 1915.

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