A city mentioned in the message of the Rabshakeh of Sennacherib to Hezekiah (2Ki 19:12; Isa 37:12). It is the Ratsappa or Ratsapi of the Assyrian inscriptions, the modern Rasafa, between Palmyra and the Euphrates. This district belonged for several centuries to the Assyrians, and many of the tablets show it to have been an important trade-centre. Between b.c. 839 and 737 the prefects who had authority in the place were, to all appearance, Assyrians, only one, of unknown but apparently late date, having a name which may be West Semitic, namely, Abda', possibly a form of 'Abda or 'Obadiah.
T. G. Pinches.
Place which the king of Assyria boasted of his 'fathers' having destroyed. 2Ki 19:12; Isa 37:12. Several places have been known bearing this name. There is one west of the Euphrates, on the road from Racca to Hums, and another on the east of the river, near Bagdad; both have been suggested as probable identifications.