Etymology
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Bethlehem

the name probably means "House of Lahmu and Lahamu," a pair of Mesopotamian agricultural deities.

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Definitions of Bethlehem

Bethlehem (n.)
a town in eastern Pennsylvania on the Lehigh River to the northwest of Philadelphia; an important center for steel production;
Bethlehem (n.)
a small town near Jerusalem on the West Bank of the Jordan River; early home of David and regarded as the place where Jesus was born;
Synonyms: Bayt Lahm / Bethlehem Ephrathah / Bethlehem-Judah
From wordnet.princeton.edu