Bible Names N-Z: Rimmon
Rimmon in Easton's Bible Dictionary
pomegranate. (1.) A man of Beeroth (2 Sam. 4:2), one of the
Gibeonite cities. (See Josh. 9:17.)
(2.) A Syrian idol, mentioned only in 2 Kings 5:18.
(3.) One of the "uttermost cities" of Judah,
to Simeon (Josh. 15:21, 32; 19:7; 1 Chr. 4:32). In
Ain and Rimmon are mentioned separately, but in 19:7
and 1 Chr.
4:32 (comp. Neh. 11:29) the two words are probably
combined, as forming together the name of one place,
Ain-Rimmon=the spring of the pomegranate. It has
with Um er-Rumamin, about 13 miles south-west of
(4.) "Rock of," to which the Benjamites fled (Judg.
21:13), and where they maintained themselves for
after the fearful battle at Gibeah, in which they
exterminated, 600 only surviving out of about
27,000. It is the
present village of Rummon, "on the very edge of the
country, with a precipitous descent toward the
supposed to be the site of Ai.
Rimmon in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
1. Father of Rechab and Bannah: 2 Samuel 4:2-9.(See RECHAB;
2. An idol worshipped by the Syrians of Damascus (2
Kings 5:18). The name appears in Hadad Rimmon. From rum,
"the most high"; as El-ion (Selden, Gesenius, etc.). Others
from Hebrew rimmon, a "pomegranate," sacred to Venus; the
fertilizing principle in nature; tree worship anciently
having prevailed, a perverted relic of the tradition of
Eden's tree of life. Hadadrimmon may be the full name, from
Hadad "the sun god" and Rimmon the pomegranate" ripened in
3. A town of Zebulun (See REMMON.)
4. Of Judah in Simeon's portion (Joshua 15:32, where
Joshua 15:29 for Joshua 15:36 is a copyist's error); near
the southern bound of Judah (Zechariah 14:10). Omit "and"
between Ain and Rimmon, and make one name Ain-Rimmon or En-
Rimmen, as Engedi (Nehemiah 11:29). Um-er-rumamin, "mother
of pomegranates," four hours N. of Beersheba, corresponds
(Robinson, Researches, iii. 8). From the neighboring hill
region the spies brought pomegranates and figs (Numbers
5. Rimmon "the rock"; where the 600 surviving
Benjamites retreated after the slaughter of the tribe, and
kept themselves four months (Judges 20:45; Judges 20:47;
Judges 21:13). Fifteen Roman miles N. of Jerusalem. Now the
village Rummon stands on and round the top of a conical
limestone mountain, and is visible in all directions
(Robinson, 2:113). The houses cling to the sides as huge
steps. On the southern side the mountain rises hundreds of
feet from the ravine wady Mutyah, and on the western side it
is isolated by a deep cross valley. It lies three miles E.
of Bethel, and seven N.E. of Gibeah.
Rimmon in Hitchcock's Bible Names
Rimmon in Naves Topical Bible
-1. Father of the murderers of Ish-bosheth
-2. A city south of Jerusalem
Allotted to the tribe of Judah
Jos 15:32; Ne 11:29
Later alloted to the tribe of Simeon
Jos 19:7; 1Ch 4:32
Also called EN-RIMMON
-3. A city of the tribe of Zebulun
-4. A rock in the territory of the tribe of Benjamin
Jud 20:45,47; 21:13
-5. A Syrian idol
Rimmon in Smiths Bible Dictionary
(pomegranate) the name of several towns.
1. A city of Zebulun 1Ch 6:77; Ne 11:29 a Levitical
city, the present Rummaneh, six miles north of Nazareth.
2. A town in the southern portion of Judah, Jos 15:3
allotted to Simeon, Jos 19:7; 1Ch 4:32 probably 13 miles
southwest of Hebron.
3. Rimmon-parez (pomegranate of the breach), the name
of a march-station in the wilderness. Nu 33:19,20 No place now
known has been identified with it.
4. Rimmon the Rock, a cliff or inaccessible natural
fastness, in which the six hundred Benjamites who escaped the
slaughter of Gibeah took refuge. Jud 20:45,47; 21:13 In the
wild country which lies on the east of the central highlands
of Benjamin the name is still found attached to a village
perched on the summit of a conical chalky hill, visible in all
directions, and commanding the whole country.
5. A Benjamite of Beeroth, the father of Rechab and
Baanah, the murderers of Ish-bosheth. 2Sa 4:2,5,9
Rimmon in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
(1) The rock Rimmon (cela` rimmon; he petra Rhemmon): The
place of refuge of the 600 surviving Benjamites of Gibeah
(Jeba`) who "turned and fled toward the wilderness unto the
rock of Rimmon, and abode in the rock of Rimmon four months"
(Jdg 20:45,47; 21:13). Robinson's identification (RB, I,
440) has been very generally accepted. He found a conical
and very prominent hill some 6 miles North-Northeast of
Jeba` upon which stands a village called Rummon. This site
was known to Eusebius and Jerome (OS 146 6; 287 98), who
describe it as 15 Roman miles from Jerusalem. Another view,
which would locate the place of refuge of the Benjamites in
the Mugharet el jai, a large cavern on the south of the Wady
Suweinit, near Jeba`, is strongly advocated by Rawnsley and
Birch (see PEF, III, 137-48). The latter connects this again
with 1 Sam 14:2, where Saul, accompanied by his 600, "abode
in the uttermost part of Gibeah" under the pomegranate tree
(2) (rimmon; Eremmon, or Rhemmoth): A city in the Negeb,
near the border of Edom, ascribed to Judah (Josh 15:32) and
to Simeon (Josh 19:7; 1 Ch 4:32, the King James Version
"Remmon"). In Zec 14:10 it is mentioned as the extreme South
of Judah--"from Geba to Rimmon, South of Jerusalem." In the
earlier references Rimmon occurs in close association with
`Ain (a spring), and in Neh 11:29, what is apparently the
same place, `Ain Rimmon, is called En-rimmon (which see).
(3) (rimmon (Josh 19:13), rimmonah, in some Hebrew
manuscripts dimah (see DIMNAH) (Josh 21:35), and rimmono (1
Ch 6:77)): In the King James Version we have "Remmon-
methoar" in Josh 19:13, but the Revised Version (British and
American) translates the latter as "which stretcheth." This
was a city on the border of Zebulun (Josh 19:13) allotted to
the Levites (Josh 21:35, "Dimnah"; 1 Ch 6:77). The site is
now the little village of Rummaneh on a low ridge South of
the western end of the marshy plain el Battauf in Galilee;
there are many rock-cut tombs and cisterns. It is about 4
miles North of el Mesh-hed, usually considered to be the
site of Gath-hepher. See PEF, I, 363, Sh VI.
E. W. G. Masterman
Rimmon in Wikipedia
Rimmon (Hebrew "pomegranate") is the proper name for a
number of people or objects in the Hebrew Bible:
Torah with rimmonim
A man of Beeroth (2 Samuel 4:2), one of the four Gibeonite
cities. (See Joshua 9:17.)
A Syrian cult image, mentioned only in 2 Kings 5:18. In
Syria this deity was known as "Baal" ("the Lord" par
excellence), in Assyria as "Ramanu" ("the Thunderer").
One of the "uttermost cities" of Judah, afterwards given to
Simeon (Josh. 15:21, 32; 19:7; 1 Chronicles 4:32). In Josh.
15:32 Ain and Rimmon are mentioned separately, but in 19:7
and 1 Chr. 4:32 the two words are probably to be combined,
as forming together the name of one place, Ain-Rimmon = "the
spring of the pomegranate" (compare Nehemiah 11:29). It has
been identified with Um er-Rumamin, about 13 miles south-
west of Hebron.
The Rock of Rimmon was where the Benjamites fled (Judges
20:45, 47; 21:13), and where they maintained themselves for
four months after the fearful battle at Gibeah, in which
they were almost exterminated, 600 only surviving out of
about 27,000. It is the present village of Rammun, "on the
very edge of the hill country, with a precipitous descent
toward the Jordan valley," supposed to be the site of Ai.
(pl.Rimmonim) The ornaments of the Torah scroll.
Rimmon Scripture - 2 Samuel 4:2
And Saul's son had two men [that were] captains of bands: the
name of the one [was] Baanah, and the name of the other
Rechab, the sons of Rimmon a Beerothite, of the children of
Benjamin: (for Beeroth also was reckoned to Benjamin:
Rimmon Scripture - Judges 20:45
And they 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.
Rimmon Scripture - Zechariah 14:10
All the land shall be turned as a plain from Geba to Rimmon
south of Jerusalem: and it shall be lifted up, and inhabited
in her place, from Benjamin's gate unto the place of the first
gate, unto the corner gate, and [from] the tower of Hananeel
unto the king's winepresses.
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