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Hadad Rimmon

HADAD RIMMON (hā'dăd rĭm'ŏn, Hadad and Rimmon, [two Syrian divinities]). A place in the Valley of Megiddo where Josiah, the last good king of Judah, was fatally wounded (2Kgs.23.29-2Kgs.23.30), and where later there was a memorable mourning for him as recorded in Zech.12.11. It is now called Rummaneh, i.e., “place of pomegranates.”

HADADRIMMON hā’ dăd rĭm’ ən (הֲדַדְרִמֹּ֖ון, hadad rimmon, Hadad and Rimmon, two Syrian divinities). Zechariah 12:11 says, “On that day the mourning in Jerusalem will be as great as the mourning for Hadadrimmon in the plain of Megiddo.” The KJV and ASV have “mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon.” It was formerly supposed to be a placename, and Jerome actually identified it with Maximianopolis, a village near Jezreel; but most exegetes now understand the words to mean “the mourning for Hadadrimmon.” Hadadrimmon was a vegetation god, whose name is a combination of the names of the W Sem. storm god, Hadad, and the Akkad. storm god, Rimmon. The Ras Shamra texts show Hadad to be the proper name of Baal.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

ha-dad-rim’-on, had-ad-rim’-on (hadhadh rimmon): A name which occurs, along with Megiddon, in Zec 12:11. It was long thought that this was a place in the plain of Megiddo, and that the mourning referred to was that for Josiah, slain in battle with Pharaoh-necoh (2Ki 23:29). This last, however, was certainly at Jerusalem. Jerome (Comm. on Zec) identifies Hadadrimmon with Maximianopolis, a village near Jezreel, probably Legio, the ancient Megiddo. Possibly, however, the form "Hadadrimmon" has arisen through the combination of two divine names; and the weeping may be that for Tammuz (Eze 8:14), with whom the old Semitic deity had become confused in the popular mind.

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