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ARMAGED´DON (ar-ma-gedʹon; Gk. Armageddon, from Heb. har Mgiddô, “hill or city of Megiddo,” Rev. 16:16, see marg.). Megiddo occupied a marked position on the southern rim of the plain of Esdraelon (which see), the great battlefield of Palestine. It was famous for two great victories: of Barak over the Canaanites (Judg. 4:15) and of Gideon over the Midianites (chap. 7); and for two great disasters: the deaths of Saul (1 Sam. 31:8) and Josiah (2 Kings 23:29–30; 2 Chron. 35:22). Armageddon became a poetical expression for terrible and final conflict.

Unger, M. F., Harrison, R. K., Vos, H. F., Barber, C. J., & Unger, M. F. (1988). In The new Unger’s Bible dictionary (Rev. and updated ed.). Chicago: Moody Press.

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