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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.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

One of the strong cities of Gilead taken by Judas Maccabeus (1 Macc 5:26,28). It is identical with the Roman Bostra, the city whose extensive ruins lie on the Southeast border of the Hauran, on the old Roman road that runs between Der`ah and Calkhad. The modern name is Bosra eski-Sham. It cannot be identified with BOZRAH either (1) or (2), as it lies much too far north. It appears for the first time in history in the passage noted above. The ruins show it to have been a pla ce of great strength and importance. In the time of Herod the Great it was in the hands of the Nabateans. When Aulus Cornelius Palma conquered these regions, Bostra was made capital of the province under the name of Nova Trajana Bostra, in honor of the emperor Trajan. This was in 105 AD, from which year the Bostrian era was reckoned. It was taken by the Moslems under Khalid--"the sword of God." It resisted the attack of Baldwin III. Later it fell on evil days. Now, if it be true, as the proverb says, that "the prosperity of Bocra is the prosperity of the Chauran," the case of the latter is sad indeed.

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