Hadadrimmon

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.

Article 2

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.

Article 3

(composed of the names of two Syrian idols), the name of a place in the valley of Megiddo. It is alluded to by the prophet Zechariah (12:11) in a proverbial expression derived from the lamentation for Josiah, who was mortally wounded near this place (2 Chr. 35:22-25). It has been identified with the modern Rummaneh, a village “at the foot of the Megiddo hills, in a notch or valley about an hour and a half south of Tell Metzellim.”

Article 4

is, according to the ordinary interpretation of (12:11) a place in the valley of Megiddo (a part of the plain of Esdraelon, six miles from Mount Carmel and eleven from Nazareth), where a national lamentation was held for the death of King Josiah. It was named after two Syrian idols.