Ramathaim-zophim

Ramathaim-zophim

Ramathaim-zophim, in the Bible, birthplace of Samuel, usually called Ramah and later Ramathaim. It has been variously identified with Ramah 4, with Arimathaea, and with the modern Ramallah and Ramla. The land of Zuph is connected with the name.
Ramathaim-Zophim (Hebrew: רמתיים־צופים), a town that has been identified with the modern Neby Samwil ("the prophet Samuel"), about 4 or 5 miles north-west of Jerusalem. But there is no certainty as to its precise locality.

The home of Elkanah, Samuel’s father (1 Samuel 1:19 ; 2:11 ), the birth-place of Samuel and the seat of his authority (1 Sam. 2:11; 7:17). It is frequently mentioned in the history of that prophet and of David (15:34; 16:13; 19:18-23). Here Samuel died and was buried (25:1).

Some have supposed that it may be identical with Arimathea of the New Testament.

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