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ephratah


ephratah


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Ephratah 
  fruitful.  (1.)  The  second  wife  of  Caleb,  the  son  of  Hezron, 
  mother  of  Hur,  and  grandmother  of  Caleb,  who  was  one  of  those 
  that  were  sent  to  spy  the  land  (1  Chr.  2:19,  50). 
 
  (2.)  The  ancient  name  of  Bethlehem  in  Judah  (Gen.  35:16,  19; 
  48:7).  In  Ruth  1:2  it  is  called  "Bethlehem-Judah,"  but  the 
  inhabitants  are  called  "Ephrathites;"  in  Micah  5:2, 
  "Bethlehem-Ephratah;"  in  Matt.  2:6,  "Bethlehem  in  the  land  of 
  Judah."  In  Ps  132:6  it  is  mentioned  as  the  place  where  David 
  spent  his  youth,  and  where  he  heard  much  of  the  ark,  although  he 
  never  saw  it  till  he  found  it  long  afterwards  at  Kirjath-jearim; 
  i.e.,  the  "city  of  the  wood,"  or  the  "forest-town"  (1  Sam.  7:1; 
  comp.  2  Sam.  6:3,  4). 
 
 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
 
  Ephratah,  Ephrath,  abundance;  bearing  fruit