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Ophrah (in Benjamin)
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[German Version]

(עָפְרָה; cf. for the meaning of the name ʿāpār, “dust,” or more probably ‘oper, “young deer, gazelle kid”), mentioned in Josh 18:23 in the list of places belonging to Benjamin. However, Ophrah lies beyond the northern frontier of Benjamin ( Josh 18:12f.) and has probably entered the place list from 2 Chr 13:19 (ʿeprōn), plausibly identified with eṭ-Ṭayyibe (eudemonism because of the echo of the Canaanite Ephron with Arab. ʿifrīt, “goblin”), and matching details given by Jerome (5 Roman miles north of Bethel); probably to be identified with Aphairema (1 Mac…

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Knauf, Ernst Axel, “Ophrah (in Benjamin)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_024254>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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