BETH NIMRAH (bĕth' nĭm'ra, Heb. bêth nimrâh, house of leopard). A fortified city of Gad east of the Jordan (Num.32.3, Num.32.36). The LXX reading, “Beth-anabra,” in Josh.13.27 has led some to identify this with Bethabara in the NT, whose abundant waters were the scene of John’s baptizing (John.1.28).
BETH-NIMRAH bĕth nĭm’ ra
, LXX Josh 13:27 Βαιθαναβρα
; LXX has a variety of spellings in Num 32:3
; house of a leopard
). One of the cities of Heshbon which was assigned to Reuben and Gad. It was built up (or rebuilt) by the Gadites, fortified, and made suitable for keeping sheep (Josh 13:27
; Num 32:36
). The ancient city is identified as Tell Bleibil ten m. NE of Jericho on the N side of the Wadi Shaib. The city was later moved c. one m. to the SW where the name is preserved in Tell Nimrin.
N. Glueck, “Some Ancient towns in the Plains of Moab,” BASOR, XCI (1943), 12.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
In Jos 13:27 the full name appears. In Isa 15:6 the name appears as Nimrim, identified as Tell Nimrim, between Jericho and the mountains on the east, where there is a fountain of large size. The city was assigned to Gad. In the 4th century AD it was located as five Roman miles North of Livias. Eusebius calls it Bethamnaram (SEP, I, Tell Nimrin).
(nimrah; Codex Vaticanus Nambra; Codex Alexandrinus Ambram), or (beth nimrah; Codex Vaticanus Namram; Codex Alexandria Ambran (Nu 32:36
); Codex Vaticanus Baithanabra; Codex Alexandrinus Bethamna (Jos 13:27
)): These two names evidently refer to the same place; but there is no reason to think, as some have done, from the similarity of the names, that it is identical with NIMRIM (which see). On the contrary, the indications of the passages cited point to a site East of the Jordan valley and Nimrah of the Dead Sea. About 11 miles Northeast of the mouth of the Jordan, where Wady Nimrin, coming down from the eastern up-lands, enters the plain, stands a hill called Tell Nimrin, with tombs and certain traces of ancient building. This may be certainly identified with Nimrah and Beth-nimrah; and it corresponds to Bethnambris of Eusebius, Onomasticon, which lay 5 Roman miles Nimrah of Livias.