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Beth Haccherem

BETH-HACCHEREM bĕth’ hă kər’ əm (בֵּ֥ית הַכֶּ֖רֶם LXX 2 Esd 13:14; Βηθαχαρμ; Jer 6:1 Βαιθαχαρμα; house of the vineyard), KJV BETH-HACCEREM. The chief city of a district in Judah whose ruler, Malchijah, repaired the Dung Gate as the wall was rebuilt under Nehemiah (Neh 3:14). Its identification with ’Ain Karem c. six m. W of Jerusalem is rejected by Y. Aharoni (“Ramet Rahel,” ARC 18 [1965], 15-25), who suggests Ramet Rahel, a high hill between Bethlehem and Jerusalem, since it corresponds well with Jeremiah 6:1 which indicates a location suitable for signaling near Jerusalem.