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An ancestor of the remnant left in Judah after the majority of Israelites were exiled to Babylon (Jer 40:8).
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
EPHAI (PERSON) [Heb ʿēpay (עֵפַי)]. A Netophathite from Judah whose sons were among the troop commanders of Gedaliah at Mizpah following the destruction of Jerusalem in 587/6 b.c.e. (Jer 40:8). The form of the name follows the Qere reading. The Kethibh reads ʿwpy “Ophai” and is the reading of the name
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Ephai. Netophathite (resident of the town Netophah, near Bethlehem), whose sons fought against the Babylonian army (Jer 40:8). They, with others, approached Gedaliah, the governor of Judah appointed by Babylon, and requested his protection. They died, along with Gedaliah, in an uprising led by Ishmael,
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
EPHAI Netophathite (resident of the town Netophah, near Bethlehem) whose sons fought against the Babylonian army (Jer 40:8). They, with others, approached Gedaliah, the governor of Judah appointed by Babylon, and requested his protection. They died, along with Gedaliah, in an uprising led by Ishmael,
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
EPHAI. Jer 40:8 mentions Ephai the Netophathite as the father of some of the captains of the forces who were left behind in Judah at the carrying away of the captives to Babylon. These captains were identified with Gedaliah, the governor of the scattered, poverty-stricken Jews at Mizpah. Concurrent with
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
E´PHAI (eʹfī; “birdlike”). A Netophathite whose sons were among the “commanders of the forces” left in Judah after the deportation to Babylon and who submitted themselves to Gedaliah, the Babylonian governor (Jer. 40:7–8). They warned Gedaliah of the plots against him, but he did not believe them (vv.
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
EPHAI<e’-fi>, <e’-fa-i> ([עֵיפַי, ̀ephay], in Qere, [עוֹפַי, ̀ophai], in Kethibh; [ Ἰωφέ, Iophe], [ Ὠφέ, Ophe], “gloomy,” “obscuring,” in the Septuagint, Septuagint): “The Netophathite,” whose sons were numbered among “the captains of the forces” left in Judah after the carrying away to