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(Hebrews in the margin Ephra'yin, עֶפְרִיַן , but in the text Ephron', עֶפְרִוַֹן . ְ e. עֶפְרוֹן, which latter appears to be the genuine reading, (See EPHRON); Sept. Ε᾿φρών, Vulg. Ephron), a city of Israel, which, with its dependent hamlets ( בָּנוֹת = "daughters," A.V. "towns"), Abijah and the army of Judah captured from Jeroboam with Bethel and Jeshanah (2 Chronicles 13:19). It appears to be mentioned in the Talmud (Menach. 9:1) as Ephraim (עֶפְרִיַם ). It has been conjectured that this Ephrain or Ephron is identical with the EPH-RAIM by which Absalom's sheep-farm of Baalhazor was situated (2 Samuel 13:23); also with the city called EPHRAIM, near the wilderness in which our Lord lived for some time (John 11:54); and with OPHRAH (עָפְרָה ), a city of Benjamin, apparently not far from Bethel (Joshua 18:23; comp. Josephus, War, 4:9, 9), and which has been located by Dr. Robinson (Researches, new ed. 1:447), with much probability, at the modern village of et-Taiyibeh. (See Ewald, Geschichte, 3:219, 466; 5:365; Stanley, Palestine, page 210.) (See EPHRAIM) 3.

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Ephrain'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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