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The meaning of Raama in the Bible
(From International Standard Bible Encyclopedia)

ra'-a-ma (ra'ma'): Thus spelled only in I Chronicles 1:9; elsewhere "Raamah" (ra'mah). A son of Cush and father of Sheba and Dedan (Genesis 10:7 = I Chronicles 1:9). In Ezekiel's lament over Tyre (Ezekiel 27:22) the tribe of Raamah is mentioned along with Sheba as a mercantile people who provided the inhabitants of Tyre with spices, precious stones and gold. It has generally been identified with Regina, mentioned by Ptolemy and Steph. Byzantr. as a city in Southeastern Arabia on the shores of the Persian Gulf. The Septuagint (Rhegma) itself supposes this site. But the Arabic name of the city here indicated is spelled with a "g" and so gives rise to a phonological difficulty. A more probable identification has been found in the Sabean ra'mah in Southwestern Arabia near Me'in in the north of Marib. Me'in was the capital of the old Minaean kingdom.

A. S. Fulton


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