(Hebrew: a high place)

City assigned by Josue to the tribe of Benjamin (Josue 18), six miles north of Jerusalem, the modern Er Ram. Site of the tomb of Rachel, mother of Joseph and Benjamin, who wept for her children "and would not be comforted" (Jeremias 31). Referred to in Matthew 2 in a prophecy of the slaughter of the infants by Herod.

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