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The 1901 Jewish Encyclopedia


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  1. A town in Benjamin (Joshua 18:23 ) situated, according to Eusebius, five miles northeast of Beth-el, and probably identical with the modern Al-Ṭ aiyyibah. According to 1Samuel 13:17 , it must have been a few miles north of Michmash for one of the three expeditions of the Philistines against Saul, who was in Gibeah of Benjamin, went thither.

  2. Family seat of the Abiezrites, where an angel appeared to Gideon, and where he built an altar for a thank-offering (Judges 6:11,24 ). There, too, he brought the earrings of the conquered Midianites, and made an ephod of them, "which thing became a snare unto Gideon, and to his house" (ib. 8:27) and there he died and was buried ( ib. verse 32).

    Ophrah was taken from Jeroboam by Abijah (2Chronicles 13:19 ), and was later conquered by Vespasian during his expedition against Jerusalem (Josephus, "B. J." 4:9, § 9). The town lay west of the Jordan, not far from the plain of Jezreel, and is, according to Conder, identical with the modern Far' ata.

  3. Son of Meonothai, head of a Judahite family.

Bibliography : Schwarz, Descriptive Geography of Palestine , pp. 126,158 Robinson, Researches , 2:121 Sepp, Jerusalem und das Heilige Land , 2:27, Regensburg, 1876 Hamburger, R. B. T. 1:810. E. G. H. S. O.

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Singer, Isidore, Ph.D, Projector and Managing Editor. Entry for 'Ophrah'. 1901 The Jewish Encyclopedia. 1901.

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