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One of three districts taken from Samaria and added to Judaea by Demetrius Nicator (1 Macc 11:34; compare Josephus Antiquities 13.4.9)
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Aphairema uh-fair′uh-muh (Αφαίρεμα). KJV Apherema. One of three districts taken from Samaria and added to Judea by the king of Syria, Demetrius Nicator, an act subsequently confirmed by Demetrius II (Jos. Ant. 13.4.9; 1 Macc. 10:38; 11:34). It appears to be the same place as Ophrah, near Bethel, and
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APHAIREMA uh-fair´uh-muh [Ἀφαίρεμα Aphairema]. Old Testament territory of Ephraim. In Hellenistic times, along with Lydda and Rathamin, one of three toparchies annexed to Judea from Samaria by Alexander the Great, but later returned to Samaria by Antiochus IV. While both Demetrius I (1 Macc 10:30,