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Ramath-mizpeh meaning

רמת המצפה
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🔼The name Ramath-mizpeh in the Bible

The name Ramath-mizpeh (or rather: Ramath-hamizpeh) occurs once in the Bible. It's the name of a city which is mentioned as a boundary marker of the territory assigned to the tribe of Gad.

Since Gad occupied the northern part of the region east of the Jordan (the tribe of Reuben occupied the southern part), some scholars forward that Ramath-mizpeh may the same as the Mizpah founded by Laban and Jacob (Genesis 31:49).

🔼Etymology of the name Ramath-mizpeh

The name Ramath-mizpeh consists of two elements. The first part is either a plural form of the name Ramah, or an older spelling of the same. Both come from the verb רום (rum), meaning to be high:

The second part of our name is the same as the name Mizpeh/Mizpah and that name is the same as the noun מצפה (mispeh), meaning watchtower or lookout point:

Prefixed to the second part is the particle of approach, ה (he).

🔼Ramath-mizpeh meaning

The whole name Ramath-mizpeh would mean something like Lookout Height, but with the particle of approach stuck to the second element, it's probably best interpreted as Height Before Mizpah or even Elevation To Look Out From.

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