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Bosora

BOSORA bǒs’ ə rá (Βοσορά, RSV Bozrah, bǒz’ rá). Modern Busra eski Sham, in Gilead about twenty-seven m. E of Ramoth-gilead. Same as Bozrah, later Bostra, but not to be confused with Bosor about twenty-three m. NNW of Bosora or with better known Bozrah in Edom. Judas Maccabeus defeated Bosora during campaign in Gilead (between 165 and 162 b.c.), killing the males and burning the city (1 Macc 5:26, 28; Jos. Antiq. XII, viii, 3). Bosora is Buṩruna of Amarna Letters and later (Bostra) was capital of Rom. Arabia.