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Ephah (1)

ē´fa ( עיפה , ‛ēphāh , "darkness"; Γεφάρ , Gephár (Genesis 25:4 ), Γαιφά , Gaiphá (Isaiah 60:6 ): The name of three persons in the Old Testament, both masculine and feminine

(1) The son of Midian, descended from Abraham by his wife Keturah (Genesis 25:4 = 1 Chronicles 1:33 ), mentioned again in Isaiah 60:6 as a transporter of gold and frankincense from Sheba, who shall thus bring enlargement to Judah and praise to Yahweh. According to Fried. Delitzsch, Schrader, and Hommel, ‛Ēphāh is an abbreviation of ‛Ayappa , the Kha-yappa Arabs of the time of Tiglath-pileser III and Sargon. See treatment of this view in Dillmann's Commentary on Gen ( Isaiah 25:4 ).

(2) A concubine of Caleb (1 Chronicles 2:46 ).

(3) The son of Jahdai, a descendant of Judah (1 Chronicles 2:47 ).

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Ephah (1)'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. 1915.

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