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Bible Names A-G: Ephraim


Ephraim in Easton's Bible Dictionary double fruitfulness ("for God had made him fruitful in the land of his affliction"). The second son of Joseph, born in Egypt (Gen. 41:52; 46:20). The first incident recorded regarding him is his being placed, along with his brother Manasseh, before their grandfather, Jacob, that he might bless them (48:10; comp. 27:1). The intention of Joseph was that the right hand of the aged patriarch should be placed on the head of the elder of the two; but Jacob set Ephraim the younger before his brother, "guiding his hands wittingly." Before Joseph's death, Ephraim's family had reached the third generation (Gen. 50:23).

Ephraim in Fausset's Bible Dictionary ("doubly fruitful".) Joseph's second son by Asenath, named so, "for," said Joseph, "God hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction." Born during the seven plenteous years; the "doubly fruitful" may refer to both the fruitfulness vouchsafed to Joseph and the plenty of the season. As regards Ephraim himself, he was doubly blessed: (1) in being made, as well as Manasseh, a patriarchal head of a tribe, like Jacob's immediate sons (Genesis 48:5); as Judah received the primary birthright (Reuben losing it by incest, Simeon and Levi by cruelty), and became the royal tribe from whence king David and the Divine Son of David sprang, so Ephraim received a secondary birthright and became ancestor of the royal tribe among the ten tribes of Israel (Genesis 49:3-10; Genesis 49:22-26). (2) Ephraim the younger was preferred to Manasseh the elder, just as Jacob himself was preferred before the elder Esau. Jacob wittingly guided his hands so as to lay his right on Ephraim and his left on Manasseh, notwithstanding Joseph's remonstrance; saying, "Manasseh shall be great, but his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations." Jacob called to mind God's promise at Luz, "I will make thee fruitful," a Hebrew word related to Ephraim and to Ephrath, the scene of the death of his darling wife, Ephraim's grandmother (Genesis 35:11; Genesis 35:16; Genesis 48:4; Genesis 48:7; Genesis 48:13-19). Ephraim was about 21 when Jacob blessed him, for he was born before the seven years' famine, and Jacob came to Egypt toward its closing years, and lived 17 years afterward (Genesis 47:28)...

Ephraim in Hitchcock's Bible Names fruitful; increasing

Ephraim in Naves Topical Bible 1. Second son of Joseph Ge 41:52 Adopted by Jacob Ge 48:5 Blessed before Manasseh; prophecies concerning Ge 48:14-20 Descendants of Nu 26:35-37; 1Ch 7:20-27 Mourned for his sons 1Ch 7:21,22 -2. A tribe of Israel Prophecy concerning Ge 49:25,26; Isa 7; 9:18-21; 11:13; 28:1; Jer 31; Ho 5:14; Zec 9:10; 10:7 Numbered at Mount Sinai and in plains of Moab Nu 1:33; 26:37 Position in camp and march Nu 2:18,24; 10:22 Blessed by Moses De 33:13-17 Territory allotted to, after the conquest of Canaan Jos 16:5-9; 17:9,10,15-18; 1Ch 7:28,29 Failed to expel the Canaanites Jos 16:10 Captured Beth-el in battle Jud 1:22-25 Rebuked Gideon for not summoning them to join the war against the Midianites Jud 8:1 Joined Gideon against the Midianites Jud 7:24,25 Their jealousy of Jephthah Jud 12:1 Defeated by him Jud 12:4-6 Received Ish-bosheth as king 2Sa 2:9 Jeroboam set up a golden calf in Beth-el 1Ki 12:29 Revolted from house of David 1Ki 12:25; 2Ch 10:16 Some of tribe joined Judah under Asa 2Ch 15:9 Chastised Ahaz and Judah 2Ch 28:7 Joined Hezekiah in reinstituting the Passover 2Ch 30:18 Joined in the destruction of idolatrous forms in Jerusalem 2Ch 31:1 Submitted to the scepter of Josiah 2Ch 34:1-6 Envied by other tribes Isa 11:13; Jer 7:15; Eze 37:16,19; Ho 13:1 Worshiped Baal Ho 13:1 Sin of, remembered by God Ho 13:12 Reallotment of territory, to, by Ezekiel Eze 48:5 Name of, applied to the ten tribes 2Ch 17:2; 25:6,7; Isa 7:8,9; 11:12,13; 17:3; Jer 31:18,20; Ho 4:17; 5:3,5; 6:4,10; 8:11; 12:14 Tribe of, called JOSEPH Re 7:8 -3. Mount of A range of low mountains Jos 17:15-18 Joshua has his inheritance in Jud 2:9 Residence of Micah Jud 17:8 A place of hiding for Israelites 1Sa 14:22 Sheba resides in 2Sa 20:21 Noted for rich pastures Jer 50:19 Prophecy concerning its conversion Jer 31:6 -4. A forest east of the Jordan River Absalom killed in 2Sa 18:6-17 -5. A gate of Jerusalem 2Ki 14:13; 2Ch 25:23; Ne 8:16; 12:39 -6. A city in the territory of Ephraim 2Ch 13:19 Jesus escapes to, from the persecution of Caiaphas Joh 11:54

Ephraim in Smiths Bible Dictionary (double fruitfulness), the second son of Joseph by his wife Asenath. (B.C. 1715-1708.) The first indication we have of that ascendancy over his elder brother Manasseh which at a later period the tribe of Ephraim so unmistakably possessed is in the blessing of the children by Jacob. Ge 48:1 ...

Ephraim in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE e'-fra-im, e'-fra-im ('ephrayim, "double fruit"): 1. The Patriarch: The younger of the two sons of Joseph and Asenath, born in Egypt. He and his brother Manasseh were adopted by Jacob, and ranked as his own sons, each becoming the ancestor of a tribe in Israel. In blessing his grandchildren, despite their father's protest, Jacob preferred the younger, foreshadowing the future eminence of his descendants (Gen 41:50 ff; 48:20 ff). In the Blessing of Jacob however, the two are included under the name of Joseph (Gen 49:22 f). 2. The Tribe: At the first census on leaving Egypt, Ephraim's men of war numbered 40,500; and at the second census they are given as 32,500 (Nu 1:33; 26:37). See, however, article NUMBERS. The head of the tribe at the Exodus was Elishama, son of Ammihud (Nu 1:10). With the standard of the tribe of Ephraim on the West of the tabernacle in the desert march were Manasseh and Benjamin (Nu 2:18 ff). The Ephraimite among the spies was Hoshea (i.e. Joshua), the son of Nun (Nu 13:8). At the division of the land Ephraim was represented by prince Kemuel, son of Shiphtan (Nu 34:24). The future power of this tribe is again foreshadowed in the Blessing of Moses (Dt 33:17). When Moses died, a member of the tribe, Joshua, whose faith and courage had distinguished him among the spies, succeeded to the chief place in Israel. It was natural that the scene of national assemblies, and the center of the nation's worship, should be chosen within the land occupied by the children of Joseph, at Shechem and Shiloh respectively. The leadership of Ephraim was further emphasized by the rule of Samuel. From the beginning of life in Israel they enjoyed a certain prestige, and were very sensitive on the point of honor (Jdg 7:24; 8:1; 12:1 ff). Their acceptance of and loyalty to Saul, the first king chosen over Israel, may be explained by his belonging to a Rachel tribe, and by the close and tender relations existing between Joseph and Benjamin. But they were never reconciled to the passing of the scepter to Judah in the person of David (2 Sam 2:8 f). That Israel would have submitted to the sovereignty of Absalom, any more than to that of David, is not to be believed; but his revolt furnished an opportunity to deal a shrewd blow at the power of the southern tribe (2 Sam 15:13). Solomon's lack of wisdom and the crass folly of Rehoboam in the management of the northern tribes fanned the smoldering discontent into a fierce flame. This made easy the work of the rebel Jeroboam; and from the day of the disruption till the fall of the Northern Kingdom there was none to dispute the supremacy of Ephraim, the names Ephraim and Israel being synonymous. The most distinguished of Ephraim's sons were Joshua, Samuel and Jeroboam I...

Ephraim in Wikipedia (Hebrew: אֶפְרַיִם/אֶפְרָיִם, Standard Efráyim Tiberian ʾEp̄ráyim/ ʾEp̄rāyim) was, according to the Book of Genesis, the second son of Joseph and Asenath. Asenath was an Egyptian woman whom Pharaoh gave to Joseph as wife, and the daughter of Potipherah, a priest of On. (Genesis 41:50-52 ) Ephraim was born in Egypt before the arrival of the children of Israel from Canaan. (Genesis 48:5 )...

Ephraim Scripture - 1 Samuel 9:4 And he passed through mount Ephraim, and passed through the land of Shalisha, but they found [them] not: then they passed through the land of Shalim, and [there they were] not: and he passed through the land of the Benjamites, but they found [them] not.

Ephraim Scripture - Genesis 48:13 And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel's left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel's right hand, and brought [them] near unto him.

Ephraim Scripture - Judges 1:29 Neither did Ephraim drive out the Canaanites that dwelt in Gezer; but the Canaanites dwelt in Gezer among them.

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