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Ephrathah
An area around Bethlehem occupied by the Judahite clan of that name, the extended family of David.
Dictionaries
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Ephrathah (Place)
EPHRATHAH (PLACE) [Heb ʾeprātâ (אֶפְרָתָה)]. Var. EPHRATH. EPHRATHITES. Area inhabited by the Judahite clan of the same name (Gen 35:16, 19; 48:7). The gentilic form, Ephrathite(s), in 1 Sam 17:12 and Ruth 1:2 (cf. 4:17) refers to the extended family of David from the village of Bethlehem in Judah,
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Ephrath, Ephrathah, Ephratah (Place)
Ephrath, Ephrathah, Ephratah (Place). 1. Town in the Judean hill country later named Bethlehem. It was on the road to Ephrath (also spelled Ephrathah, kjv Ephratah) that Rachel died while giving birth to Benjamin (Gn 35:16, 19). This town was the home of Naomi’s family, who identified themselves as Ephrathites
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Ephrathah
Ephrathah ef’ra-tha, ef-răʹtha [Heb. ʾep̱rṯâ; Gk. Ephratha]; AV EPHRATAH. The place of Benjamin’s birth and Rachel’s death (Gen. 35:16–20), the name either of Bethlehem itself or of a district in which Bethlehem was located. The designer of the mosaic Madeba Map has separated Ephrathah from Bethlehem;
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Ephrath (Place)
EPHRATH (Place)1. Town in the Judean hill country later named Bethlehem. It was on the road to Ephrath that Rachel died while giving birth to Benjamin (Gn 35:16–19). This town was the home of Naomi’s family, who identified themselves as Ephrathites (Ru 1:2). Ephrath was the dwelling place of Ruth and
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Ephrathah
Ephrathah (ef´ruh-thuh; Heb., “fertility”).1 The wife of Caleb, a descendant of Judah; the mother of Hur, the ancestor of Bethlehem, Kiriath-jearim, and Beth-gader (1 Chron. 2:50; 4:4). She is also called Ephrath (1 Chron. 2:19).2 Another name for Bethlehem or the area immediately surrounding it (Ruth
Bethlehem
Bethlehem (beth´li-hem; Heb. bet lekhem, “house of bread”).1 A small town of over twenty thousand inhabitants, about three miles southwest of Jerusalem. At an elevation of 2,460 feet above sea level, Bethlehem sits along the north-south ridge road of the central highlands. It looks westward to the fertile
Ephrath
Ephrath (ef´rath).1 The place where Rachel was buried, after she died while giving birth to Benjamin (Gen. 35:16, 19). It is identified in Genesis as Bethlehem (35:19; 48:7), but there could be a confusion of Ephrath and Ephrathah, which is associated with Bethlehem in Ruth 4:11 and Mic. 5:1. Elsewhere,
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Ephratah
The Shepherd’s Field with Bethlehem in the distance. HFVEPHRATAH, or EPHRATH1. Ephrath is the ancient name of Bethlehem (Gen 35:16, 19; 48:7). Ruth 4:11 and Mic 5:2 seem to imply that Ephratah was a district in which Bethlehem was situated. Although the spelling differs they refer to the same area.
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Ephrath, Ephrathah
EPHRATH, EPHRATHAH. 1. The ancient name of *Bethlehem Judah, which occurs in all cases but one (Gn. 48:7 ’ep̱rāṯ) in the form ’ep̱rāṯâ. Rachel was buried on the route there from Bethel (Gn. 35:16, 19; 48:7; cf. 1 Sa. 10:2); it was the home of Naomi’s family (Ru. 4:11), who are described as Ephrathites
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Ephrathah (Place)
Ephrathah (Heb. ʾep̱rāṯâ) (PLACE)A place name used in reference to Bethlehem and the surrounding region (Ruth 4:11; Mic. 5:2). Jesse, the father of David, is called an Ephrathite of Bethlehem (1 Sam. 17:12), as are Naomi, her husband, and their sons (Ruth 1:2). The LXX includes Ephrathah in the list
Ephrath (Place)
Ephrath (Heb. ʾep̱rāṯ) (PLACE)1. A city near which Rachel died giving birth to Benjamin (Gen. 35:16), Ephrathah in southern Benjamin (1 Sam. 10:2; Jer. 31:15).2. The place where Rachel was buried (Gen. 35:19; 48:7), generally identified with Bethlehem/Ephrathah (Ruth 4:11; Mic. 5:1).
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Ephrathah (Place)
EPHRATHAH [efˊrə thə] (Heb. ˒ep̱rāṯâ) (PLACE).† A city near which Rachel died giving birth to Benjamin (Gen. 35:16, 19 “Ephrath”). It is traditionally identified with Bethlehem (cf. 48:7; Mic. 5:2; KJV “Ephratah”; cf. Ruth 4:11), 8 km. (5 mi.) south of Jerusalem, although originally
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Ephrath
EPHRATH, EPHRATHAH1. The wife of Hezron and later his son Caleb (1 Chr 2:19; 4:4) and hence the mother of Hur and Ashbur (1 Chr 2:24). On the basis of the genealogical lists in 1 Chronicles, the families of David and Elimelech were called Ephrathites (cf. Ruth 1:2; 1 Sam 17:12), and the clan was considered
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Ephratah
Eph´ratah, or Eph´rath (fruitful).1. Second wife of Caleb the son of Hezron, mother of Hur and grandmother of Caleb the spy, according to 1 Chron. 2:19, 50, and probably 24, and 4:4. (b.c. 1695.)2. The ancient name of Bethlehem-judah. Gen. 35:16, 19; 48:7.
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Ephrathah
EPH´RATHAH (efʹra-tha), or Eph´rath (efʹrath; “fruitfulness, fruitful”).1. The second wife of Caleb the son of Hezron. She was the mother of Hur (1 Chron. 2:19) and grandmother of Caleb the spy (v. 50; 4:4), probably 1440 b.c.2. The ancient name of Bethlehem in Judah (Gen. 35:16, 19; 48:7), both of
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