was home town and residence of the Abiezrite chieftain Gideon (Judg 6:11), where he used booty taken from the Midianites to build ¶ a sanctuary (Judg 8:27, in contrast to 8:22f.: the act of a ruler). Its identification within the territory of the clan of Abiezer (from the 10th/9th cent. bce Manasseh territory), well outlined in the Samaria ostraca (Samaria), depends on how one defines the clan’s relation to the town of Shechem: whether as close as possible (Donner: Tell Ṣōfar), or as distant as possible (Knauf: Ḡinṣāfūṭ Gan-[ha]S̄opeṭ).
Ophrah (in Manasseh)(146 words)
Cite this pageKnauf, Ernst Axel, “Ophrah (in Manasseh)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_024255>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013
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