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The residents of Bethlehem and the surrounding region. Bethlehem is also called Ephrathah at various times (e.g., Ruth 1:2; 1 Sam 17:12). For further information, see this article: Bethlehem of Judah.
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EPHRATHITE. An inhabitant of Ephratah or Bethlehem (1 Sam 17:12; Ruth 1:2). Elkanah, a Levite dwelling in the area of Ephraim, is called an Ephrathite (1 Sam 1:1). Jeroboam is identified as an Ephrathite (1 Kgs 11:26). The Ephraimites who sought to escape from Jephthah (Jdg 12:5) were called Ephrathites
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EPHRATHAH, EPHRATHITES ef´ruh-thuh, ef´ruh-thit [אֶפְרָתָה ʾefrath, אֶפְרָת ʾefrathah, אֶפְרָתִי ʾefrathi; Ἐφράθ Ephrath, Ἐφράθα ephratha, Ἐφραθί Ephrathi]. 1. A town identified with BETHLEHEM (Gen 35:16, 19; 48:7; Mic 5:2 [Heb. 5:1]; Ruth 4:11; LXX Josh 15:59a). In Ps 132:6 [Heb. 131:6], the toponym