Holman Bible Dictionary
(ham' muhth) Place name meaning, “hot spot,” probably due to hot spring, and personal name meaning, “hot one.” 1. Fortified city in the tribal territory of Naphtali (Joshua 19:35 ); probably the same as the levitical town of Hammoth-dor (Joshua 21:32 ). It may be located at tell Raqqat, just north of Tiberias. Others have tried to locate it at the famous hot springs of Hammam Tabiriyeh, south of Tiberias, but archaeologists have found no evidence of Iron Age occupation there. 1 Chronicles 6:76 reads “Hammon,” apparently the same place, in listing the Levitical towns. 2. Original ancestor of Kenites and Rechabites ( 1 Chronicles 2:55 ; KJV reads, “Hamath”; TEV, REB see a verbal construction meaning, “intermarried” or “connected by marriage.”). The context and grammatical construction of the verse makes certain understanding impossible. Hammath could be the founder of the city Hammath.
Easton's Bible Dictionary
Warm springs, one of the "fenced cities" of Naphtali (Joshua 19:35 ). It is identified with the warm baths (the heat of the water ranging from 136 degrees to 144 degrees) still found on the shore a little to the south of Tiberias under the name of Hummam Tabariyeh ("Bath of Tiberias").
Fausset's Bible Dictionary
A fortified city in Naphtali (Joshua 19:35). ("hot baths"), namely, of Tiberias. Three hammam still send up hot sulphureous waters about a mile S. of the modern town, at the extremity of the ancient ruins. In Joshua 21:32 it appears as the Gershonite Levite city of refuge, HAMMOTH DOR. In 1 Chronicles 6:76 HAMMON, Hammam Tubariyeh (Chabas).
Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible
HAMMATH (‘hot spring’). 1. ‘Father of the house of Rechab’ ( 1 Chronicles 2:55 ). 2. One of the ‘fenced’ cities of Naphtali ( Joshua 19:35 ), probably the same as Hammon of 1 Chronicles 6:76 and Hammoth-dor of Joshua 21:32 . It is doubtless the Hamata of the Talmud, the Emmaus or Ammathus of Jos. [Note: Josephus.] ( Ant . XVIII. ii. 3), and the modern HammÃ¢m , 35 minutes’ walk S. of Tiberias, famous for its hot baths.
Morrish Bible Dictionary
One of the fenced cities of Naphtali. Joshua 19:35 . Probably on the south of Tiberias, where there are hot springs (as its name implies). Now called Hummam Ibrahim Basha. The heat of the water rises from 132 to 140 Fahr. See HAMMON.
- (hee' math) KJV spelling of Hammath
and Hamath. See Hammath
- Warm springs, a Levitical city of Naphtali (Joshua 21:32 ); probably Hammath
- ” King of Hammath
on the Orontes who sent tribute to David following his defeat of their mutual foe, Hadadezer of Zobah (2 Samuel 8:9-11 ; Tou, 1 Chronicles 18:9-10 )
A city allotted out of the tribe of Naphtali to the Levites, (1 Chronicles 6:76 ) and answering to the somewhat similar names Hammath
and HAMMOTH-DOR in Joshua
could be the founder of the city Hammath
- By comparing this list of Levitical cities with the one in Joshua 21 , Hammon appears to be the same as HAMMOTH-DOR (Joshua 21:32 ); and this, by the similarity of the name, appears to be the same as Hammath
in Joshua 19:35
- 173) identifies it with Khamasa (a form of the Hebrew Hammath
), a ruin close to the modern village wady Fukin, about eight miles from Jerusalem, near the Roman road from Jerusalem, passing Solomon's pools, to Beit Jibrin
- The principal objects of interest are the ruins of a large castle (possibly Herodian), a very ancient synagogue, and half an hour’s journey to the south the hot springs of Emmaus (the Hammath
of Joshua 19:35 ), mentioned by Josephus and Pliny
- 3) says that there were ‘warm baths a little distance from it in a village called Emmaus’ (Hammath
?). ] Talmud, Tiberias is sometimes identified with Rakkath, sometimes with Hammath
, and sometimes with Chinnereth (cf
- Joshua 19:35 Hammath
), but it is now known that the correct reading is Ammathus (Ἀμμαθούς; cf