Raamah to Resen
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Raamah
Horse's mane
Strong's #H7484

A man named Raamah was one of the sons of Cush which made him a descendant of Noah through Ham. Raamah is also the name of an unknown location which functioned as a gathering place for merchants.

References
Ezekiel 27:22

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Raamses
Read our dedicated article.

Rabbah
Great
Strong's #H7237

There are two Biblical cities named Rabbah. The first was located in the territory given to the tribe of Benjamin. The second was east of the Jordan River on a major north-south route called the King's Highway. It is this Rabbah that became the modern city of Amman which is the capital of Jordan.

References
Joshua 13:25, 15:60, 2Samuel 11:1, 12:26 - 29, 17:27, 1Chronicles 20:1, Jeremiah 49:2 - 3, Ezekiel 25:5, Amos 1:14

Rachel
Ewe, sheep
Strong's #H7354, #G4478

Rachel was the youngest daughter of Laban and Jacob's (Israel's) favorite wife. Jacob agreed to work seven years for Laban in order to marry her but was deceived into first marrying Rachel's older sister Leah instead. He then willing chose to work a total of fourteen years in order to wed her.

Rachel, after being healed of being barren, gave birth to Joseph. She later became the first woman recorded in the Bible as dying in childbirth when she gave birth to Benjamin.

References
Genesis 29:6 - 31, 30:1 - 25, 31:4 - 34, 33:1 - 7, 35:16 - 25, 46:19 - 25, 48:7, Ruth 4:11, 1Samuel 10:2, Matthew 2:18

Rahab (Rachab)
Proud, wide, breadth, boaster, bluster
Strong's #H7343, 7293, 7294, #G4460, 4477

Rahab the harlot's name in Joshua 2:1, 3, 6:17, 23 and 25 is derived from the Hebrew word that means "proud" or "wide" (Strong's #H7343). In the KJV New Testament her name is spelled Rachab in Matthew 1:5 and means "wide" as well (Strong's #G4477). Although Hebrews (Hebrews 11:31) and James (James 2:25) also refer to her, they take her name from Strong's #G4460 which, like above, also means "wide."

Matthew states Jesus' lineage through Joseph included Salmon who, with Rahab, gave birth to Boaz (Booz in the KJV). It was Boaz who married Ruth and produced Obed (Ruth 4:21), a man who would become King David's grandfather.

Rahab received and assisted the spies sent by Joshua to gather information about Jericho before its destruction.

Rahab (Rachab) holds the distinction of being one of four gentile (non-Jewish) women in Jesus' lineage through Joseph (Matthew 1:5). The other gentiles in Matthew's genealogy are Thamar (1:3), Ruth (1:5) and Bathsheba (1:6).

The word Rahab recorded in Psalm 87:4 and 89:10 is derived from Strong's #H7294 meaning "breadth" or "boaster." The Rahab of Isaiah 51:9 comes from Strong's #H7293 and means "bluster" or "blusterer."

References
Joshua 2:1, 3, 6:17, 23, 25, Psalm 87:4, 89:10, Isaiah 51:9, Matthew 1:5, Hebrews 11:31, James 2:25

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Rakkath
Shore, diffusing, beach
Strong's #H7557

Rakkath was a city given to the tribe of Naphtali as an inheritance in the Promised Land.

References
Joshua 19:35

Rakkon
The temple, thinness
Strong's #H7542

Rakkon was a city given to the tribe of Dan as an inheritance in the Promised Land.

References
Joshua 19:46

Ramah (Rama)
Hill
Strong's #H7414, #G4471

There are at least three Biblical cities with the name Ramah. One of these is located in Naphtali's territory and another in Asher's. A third Ramah, which is spelled Rama in the KJV New Testament, is located within the tribe of Benjamin's territory (1Samuel 10:2).

Ramah in Benjamin is the birthplace, home and burial location of the prophet Samuel. Herod the Great's slaughter of all Bethlehem (and the surrounding area) males two years old or younger, in an attempt to kill Christ, fulfilled prophecy involving Ramah (see Jeremiah 31:15).

References
Joshua 18:25, 19:29, 1Samuel 1:19, 2:11, 7:17, 8:4, 19:18, 25:1, 1Kings 15:17, 2Kings 8:29, Jeremiah 31:15, 40:1, Matthew 2:18

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Ramathaimzophim
Double height of the watchers
Strong's #H7436

Ramathaimzophim is possibly another name for Ramah, the birthplace of Samuel the prophet.

References
1Samuel 1:1

Ramathlehi
See our listing for Lehi.

Ramathmizpeh
High place (height) of watch tower
Strong's #H7434

Ramathmizpeh was a city given to the tribe of Gad as an inheritance in the Promised Land.

References
Joshua 13:26

Rameses
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Ramoth
Heights, elevations, He is Most High
Strong's #H7216, #H3406

Ramoth, a town east of the Jordan River in Gilead, was one of the six cities of refuge set up by ancient Israel. See our article on Ramoth-Gilead for more information.

A man named Ramoth, whose name is derived from the Hebrew word meaning "elevations" or "He is Most High" (Strong's #H3406), is listed as a son of Bani by Ezra (Ezra 10:29).

References
Deuteronomy 4:43, Joshua 20:8, 21:38, 1Samuel 30:27, 1Kings 22:3, 1Chronicles 6:73, 80, Ezra 10:29

Ramoth-gilead
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Rebekah
Ensnarer, to clog
Strong's #H7259

Rebekah, the sister of Laban, was the wife of Isaac. She was healed of being barren after her and her husband prayed to God. She gave birth to twins boys named Esau and Jacob (later Israel).

References
Genesis 22:23, 24:15 - 67, 25:20 - 28, 26:7 - 35, 27:5 - 46, 28:5, 29:12, 35:8, 49:31

Red Sea
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Rehob
Broad place
Strong's #H7340

Rehob was the king of Zobah whose son was defeated by King David near the Euphrates River. Another man named Rehob was a witness to a covenant made by Nehemiah the prophet.

Rehob was also the name of two cities within the tribe of Asher's territory.

References
Numbers 13:21, Joshua 19:28, 30, 21:31, Judges 1:31, 2Samuel 8:3, 12, 10:8, 1Chronicles 6:75, Nehemiah 10:11

Rehoboam
A people has enlarged
Strong's #H7346

Rehoboam was the son of King Solomon who became the first ruler over the Kingdom of Judah after Israel split into two separate pieces in 930 B.C.

Rehoboam, at the age of 41, was the oldest known king to assume the throne in either Judah or Israel. He reigned from 930 to 917 B.C.

References
1Kings 11:43, 12:1 - 27, 14:21 - 31, 15:6, 1Chronicles 3:10, 2Chronicles 9:31, 10:1 - 18, 11:1 - 22, 12:1 - 16, 13:7

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Remphan
Please see our listing on Chiun.

Rephidim
Ballusters, rests, stays, resting places
Strong's #H7508

Rephidim was one of the places Israel camped at after leaving Egyptian bondage. The first post-Exodus war God's people fought occurred in Rephidim when the Amalekites carried out an unprovoked attack on Israel's weakest people (women, children, the elderly, those who are sick, etc.).

Rephidim is also the place where Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, advises him to delegate his responsibilities to others.

References
Exodus 17:1, 8, 19:2, Numbers 33:14 - 15

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Resen
Bridle
Strong's #H7449

Resen was one of the many cities built by Nimrod.

References
Genesis 10:12

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