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Mareshah


Mar’eshah, or Mare’shah (crest of a hill), one of the cities of Judah in the low country. Josh. 15:44. It was one of the cities fortified and garrisoned by Rehoboam after the rupture with the northern kingdom. 2 Chron. 11:8. Near it was fought the great battle between Asa and Zerah. 2 Chron. 14:9-12. It is mentioned once or twice in the history of the Maccabæan war of independence. 2 Macc. 12:35. About 110 b.c. it was taken from the Idumæans by John Hyreanus. It was in ruins in the fourth century, when Eusebius and Jerome describe it as in the second mile from Eleutheropolis. South-southwest of Beitjibrin—in all probability Eleutheropolis—and a little over a Roman mile therefrom, is a site called Marash, which is possibly the representative of the ancient Mareshah.