Rimmon

Rimmon [N] [H] [S]

pomegranate.

  • A man of Beeroth ( 2 Samuel 4:2 ), one of the four Gibeonite cities. (See Joshua 9:17 .)

  • A Syrian idol, mentioned only in 2 Kings 5:18 .

  • One of the "uttermost cities" of Judah, afterwards given to Simeon ( Joshua 15:21 Joshua 15:32 ; 19:7 ; 1 Chronicles 4:32 ). In Josh 15:32Ain and Rimmon are mentioned separately, but in 19:7 and 1 Chronicles 4:32 (Compare Nehemiah 11:29 ) the two words are probably to be combined, as forming together the name of one place, Ain-Rimmon=the spring of the pomegranate. It has been identified with Um er-Rumamin, about 13 miles south-west of Hebron.

  • "Rock of," to which the Benjamites fled ( Judges 20:45 Judges 20:47 ; 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 Rummon, "on the very edge of the hill country, with a precipitous descent toward the Jordan valley," supposed to be the site of Ai.

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    M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
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  • Rimmon [N] [E] [S]

    exalted; pomegranate
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    Rimmon [N] [E] [H]

    (pomegranate ) the name of several towns.

    1. A city of Zebulun ( 1 Chronicles 6:77 ; Nehemiah 11:29 ) a Levitical city, the present Rummaneh , six miles north of Nazareth.
    2. A town in the southern portion of Judah, ( Joshua 15:3 ) allotted to Simeon, ( Joshua 19:7 ; 1 Chronicles 4:32 ) probably 13 miles southwest of Hebron.
    3. Rimmon-parez (pomegranate of the breach ), the name of a march-station in the wilderness. ( Numbers 33:19 Numbers 33:20 ) 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. ( Judges 20:45 Judges 20:47 ; 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. ( 2 Samuel 4:2 2 Samuel 4:5 2 Samuel 4:9 )

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    Rimmon, [N] [E] [H]

    a deity worshipped by the Syrians of Damascus, where there was a temple or house of Rimmon. ( 2 Kings 5:18 ) Rimmon is perhaps the abbreviated form of Hadad-rimmon, Hadad being the sun-god of the Syrians. Combining this with the pomegranate which was his symbol, Hadad-rimmon would then he the sun-god of the late summer, who ripens the pomegranate and other fruits.


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    RIMMON (1)

    rim'-on:

    (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" (Judges 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 Samuel 14:2, where Saul, accompanied by his 600, "abode in the uttermost part of Gibeah" under the pomegranate tree (Rimmon).

    (2) (rimmon; Eremmon, or Rhemmoth):

    A city in the Negeb, near the border of Edom, ascribed to Judah (Joshua 15:32) and to Simeon (Joshua 19:7; 1 Chronicles 4:32, the King James Version "Remmon"). In Zechariah 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 Nehemiah 11:29, what is apparently the same place, `Ain Rimmon, is called En-rimmon (which see).

    (3) (rimmon (Joshua 19:13), rimmonah, in some Hebrew manuscripts dimah (see DIMNAH) (Joshua 21:35), and rimmono (1 Chronicles 6:77)):

    In the King James Version we have "Remmon-methoar" in Joshua 19:13, but the Revised Version (British and American) translates the latter as "which stretcheth." This was a city on the border of Zebulun (Joshua 19:13) allotted to the Levites (Joshua 21:35, "Dimnah"; 1 Chronicles 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


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    RIMMON (2)

    (rimmon, "pomegranate"; see RIMMON-PEREZ):

    (1) A Syrian god. Naaman the Syrian leper after being cured is troubled over the fact that he will still have to bow down in the house of the Syrian god, Rimmon, when his master goes into the house to worship leaning on his hand (2 Kings 5:18). Elisha answers him ambiguously:

    "Go in peace." Judging from Naaman's position and this incident, Rimmon must have been one of the leading gods of the Syrians worshipped in Damascus. He has been identified with Rammanu, the Assyrian god of wind, rain and storm. The name appears in the Syrian personal names HADADRIMMON and TABRIMMON (which see) and its meaning is dubious (ramamu, "to thunder" (?))

    (2) A Benjamite of Beeroth, whose sons Baanah and Rechab assassinated Ish-bosheth (2 Samuel 4:2,5,9).

    Nathan Isaacs


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