also known as: mountains of Ephraim, mountains of Israel, mountains of Samaria
Mount Ephraim is the central mountainous district of Israel occupied by the tribe of Ephraim (Joshua 17:15; 19:50; 20:7), extending from Bethel to the plain of Jezreel. In Joshua’s time (Joshua 17:18) these hills were densely wooded. They were intersected by well-watered, fertile valleys, referred to in Jeremiah 50:19:
And I will bring Israel again to his habitation, and he shall feed on Carmel and Bashan, and his soul shall be satisfied upon mount Ephraim and Gilead.
This region is also called the “mountains of Israel” (Joshua 11:21) and the “mountains of Samaria” (Jeremiah 31:5,6: Amos 3:9).
Joshua was buried at Timnath-heres among the mountains of Ephraim, on the north side of the hill of Gaash (Judges 2:9).
Article Version: July 18, 2018