The Life of Jesus in Harmony
RA'MAH (ra'ma; a "height"; Ezek 16:24)). Many ancient cities and towns of
Palestine were located on the tops of hills for safety purposes, and those that
were specially conspicuous came to be called the Height; and this in time came to
be used as a proper name.
Ramah of Benjamin, one of the cities allotted to the tribe of Benjamin.
Nebuchadnezzar, commander of the armies of Babylon, established his
headquarters on the plain of Hamath, at Riblah (Jer 39:5), and from there sent his
generals, who took Jerusalem
. It was here that the Jewish captives were assembled in chains, among whom
himself (39:8-12; 40:1).
Here were probably slaughtered those who, from weakness, age, or poverty, were
not believed worthwhile to transport to Babylon, thus fulfilling the
preliminary part of the prophecy: "A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter
is weeping for her children," (Jer 31:15; Mt 2:18).