Ophrah

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Meaning: a fawn 1Chr 4:14.

  1. A city of Benjamin (Josh 18:23); probably identical with Ephron (2Chr 13:19) and Ephraim (Jn 11:54).
  2. "Of the Abi-ezrites." A city of Manasseh, 6 miles south-west of Shechem, the residence of Gideon (Jdg 6:11; 8:27, 32). After his great victory over the Midianites, he slew at this place the captive kings (8:18-21). He then assumed the function of high priest, and sought to make Ophrah what Shiloh should have been. This thing "became a snare" to Gideon and his house. After Gideon's death his family resided here till they were put to death by Abimelech (Jdg 9:5). It is identified with Ferata.


This entry includes text from Easton's Bible Dictionary, 1897.

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