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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature

Rapha or Raphah

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(Heb. Rapha', רָפָא , as in 1 Chronicles 8:2), or Ra'phah (Heb. Raphah', רָפָה, as in 2 Samuel 21:16, meaning giant [q.v.]. as translated in 1 Chronicles 20:4; 1 Chronicles 20:6; 1 Chronicles 20:8; 2 Samuel 21:16; 2 Samuel 21:18; 2 Samuel 21:20; 2 Samuel 21:22; Sept. ῾Ραφής, v. r. ῾Ραφά and ῾Ραφαία ), the name of two men. (See BETH-RAPHA).

1. The last of the five sons of Benjamin. son of Jacob (1 Chronicles 8:2, "Rapha"). B.C. post 1927. The name does not occur in the original register of the family (Genesis 46:21); but at Numbers 13:9, Raphu was the name of the father of the person chosen from Benjamin to spy out the land of Canaan showing the name, or something similar, to have belonged to the tribe. Raphah is apparently but a variation of the name of Rosh (q.v.). (See JACOB).

2. The son of Binea, and father of Eleasah; eighths in lineal descent from David's friend Jonathan (1 Chronicles 8:37, "Raphah"). B.C. post 1000. He is called REPHAIAH in 1 Chronicles 9:43.

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Rapha or Raphah'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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