The name comes from a root that speaks of circles and rolling, it probably refers to a circle of stones. It is used in the Bible of four locations:
The first of these is most likely to be the major cult and administrative center mentioned in the stories of Joshua-Samuel. To judge by the references in Amos (4:4 & 5:5), Hosea (4:15; 9:15; 12:12) and Micah (6:5) it remained an important center during all the preexilic period.
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