The History of Beit Reema

  • Six Million years ago the water receded leaving nothing but so many fossilized Ammonites and Beit Reema became part of the land again .

  • Pre-money civilization Beit Rima's history "as supported by findings and ruins" starts with pre-money civilization. They used the Carob "Kharoub" seeds as money. It was found more than one time preserved in well kept pottery jars in the area (House 148 and 158 on the house map).

  • The Iron Age period left its marks also on the face of Beit Reema. This can be seen in two sites:
    1- Tubna It showed as Thamna on the historical map of Madaba, it is located South Of Beth Rima.

    2- Al Hira : It is to the North west of Beit Reema( north of Houses 186,187).

  • Greek-Roman period: Beit Reema had Its new name "Beth Rima". It used to be called Ramah or remeth before that which means the "great cliff "-which is true because it is located on the top of two mountains.This period left its marks also through :

    1-Al Hera (The origin of the name comes from (Hera :The queen of the Olympian deities and the wife and sister of Zeus. Hera was mainly worshipped as a goddess of marriage and birth. It is believed that each year Hera's virginity returns in Spring. )

    2-Moghor Simtah “The caves of Simta”: it is located west of (houses 1,2,3 ). in old Hebrew Simtah Means:(an area that is part of the public street, yet is off to a side and is not frequently used)

  • Islamic era Al-Idrisi passed it and wrote: "we traveled from Deir Ghasana to Beit Reema and the generous people invited us to stay" .

    In 1492 according to the Ottoman tax books its inhabitant were 200 people .

    You can find a lot of Islamic coins around Beit Reema special in (Ras Alam).This area is located south between Beit Rima an Tubna.