[ ee-free-uh m, ee-fruh m; for 4 also ef-ruh m ]
/ ˈi fri əm, ˈi frəm; for 4 also ˈɛf rəm /


the younger son of Joseph. Gen. 41:52.
the tribe of Israel traditionally descended from him. Gen. 48:1.
the Biblical kingdom of the Hebrews in N Palestine, including ten of the twelve tribes.Compare Judah(def 3).
a male given name.
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/ (ˈiːfreɪɪm) /

noun Old Testament

  1. the younger son of Joseph, who received the principal blessing of his grandfather Jacob (Genesis 48:8–22)
  2. the tribe descended from him
  3. the territory of this tribe, west of the River Jordan
the northern kingdom of Israel after the kingdom of Solomon had been divided into two
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Word Origin and History for ephraim


masc. personal name, in Old Testament, younger son of Joseph; also the tribe descended from him, sometimes used figuratively for "Kingdom of Israel;" Greek form of Hebrew Ephrayim, a derivative of parah "was fruitful" (related to Aramaic pera "fruit").

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