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Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature


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Ma´acah, or Maacath, a city and region at the foot of Mount Hermon, not far from Geshur, a district of Syria (; ; ; ). Hence the adjacent portion of Syria is called Aram-Maachah or Syria of Maachah (). The Israelites seem to have considered this territory as included in their grant, but were never able to get possession of it (). In the time of David the small state had a king of its own, who contributed 1000 men to, the grand alliance of the Syrian nations against the Jewish monarch (; ). The lot of the half-tribe of Manasseh beyond the Jordan extended to this country, as had previously the dominion of Og, king of Bashan (; ). Near, or within the ancient limits of Maacah, was the town called for that reason Abel beth-Maacah [ABEL].





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

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