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ALAMAH (Helam ), city in Gilead in which Jews were besieged at the beginning of the Hasmonean revolt (i Macc. 5:26). It is generally identified with ʿAlama, on the banks of Wādi al-Ghār, 40 mi. (60 km.) east of the Sea of Galilee, but archaeological investigations have not yet been undertaken there.


Abel, Geog, 2 (1938), 241. add. bibliography: M. Avi-Yonah, Gazetteer of Roman Palestine (1976), 64; R. Dussaud, Topographie historique de la Syrie antique et médiévale (1927), 334, 384.

[Michael Avi-Yonah]