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ophrah in the Bible

a fawn. 1 Chr. 4:14. (1.) A city of Benjamin (Josh. 18:23); probably identical with Ephron (2 Chr. 13:19) and Ephraim (John 11:54). (2.) "Of the Abi-ezrites." A city of Manasseh, 6 miles south-west of Shechem, the residence of Gideon (Judg. 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 (Judg. 9:5). It is identified with Ferata.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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  • Men of Shechem too would not be governed from ophrah if they had any spirit.

    Judges and Ruth Robert A. Watson
  • And when he died, he was buried in his own country of ophrah.

    The Antiquities of the Jews Flavius Josephus
  • As the flame goes up from the altar at ophrah men feel a flash of hope and promise.

    Judges and Ruth Robert A. Watson
  • After this victory Gideon bore rule over Israel from his home in ophrah, until his death.

    The Rand-McNally Bible Atlas Jesse L. Hurlbut
  • One band turned back toward Beth-horon in the west, another went north to the southern ophrah, otherwise known as Ephraim.

    Biblical Geography and History Charles Foster Kent
  • Gideon died at a good old age and was buried in the tomb of Joash, his father, in ophrah of the Abiezerites.

    The Children's Bible Henry A. Sherman
  • And when Gideon was come to his own country of ophrah, he slew the kings of the Midianites.

    The Antiquities of the Jews Flavius Josephus
  • For a while we see the hero acting as judge at ophrah and presiding with dignity at the altar.

    Judges and Ruth Robert A. Watson
  • It was designated by the biblical historians as ophrah of the Abiezrites, being named from the clan to which Gideon belonged.

    Biblical Geography and History Charles Foster Kent
  • This led to a civil war, for Jephthah was not so submissive to the proud Ephraimites as the judge of ophrah had been.

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