Ancient Sources

Mount Ephraim and Benjamin


47. Rimmon - (al-Rammun)

ORIGINAL TEXTS

Remmon in tribu Symeonis sive Iudae. Hodieque est vicus nomine Remmon iuxta Aeliam contra aquilonem in quinto decimo eius miliario.
(Jerome 145:10-11)


ENGLISH TRANSLATION

Eusebius, Onomasticon 144:11-12 (ca. 295 A.D.); Jerome 145:10-11 (ca. 390 A.D.)
Rimmon (Jos 15:32), in the tribe of Simeon or of Judah. Now it is a village called Remmon near Jerusalem to the north, at the 15th milestone.

BIBLICAL BACKGROUND

Josh. 15:32 Names of places possessed by the tribe of Judah
And Lebaoth, and Shilhim, and Ain, and Rimmon: all the cities are twenty and nine, with their villages.

Judg. 20:45-47 The rock of Rimmon
And they [the Benjaminites] turned and fled toward the wilderness unto the rock of Rimmon: and they gleaned of them in the highways five thousand men; and pursued hard after them unto Gidom, and slew two thousand men of them.
So that all which fell that day of Benjamin were twenty and five thousand men that drew the sword; all these were men of valour.
But six hundred men turned and fled to the wilderness unto the rock Rimmon, and abode in the rock Rimmon four months.

MORE ANCIENT SOURCES

Josephus, Antiquities 5.2.12 (1st cent. A.D.)
(166) However, they afterward were sorry for the calamity they had brought upon the Benjamites, and appointed a fast on that account, although they supposed those men had suffered justly for their offense against the laws; so they recalled by their ambassadors those six hundred which had escaped. These had seated themselves on a certain rock called Rimmon, which was in the wilderness.


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