Hebrew: אֶפְרָת —transliteration: Ephrath or Ephrathah —meaning: fruitful
also known as: Ephrath
This was the name of a biblical woman and an important town of Messianic prophecy.
Ephratah, wife of Caleb
Ephratah, former name of Bethlehem
Ephratah was the ancient name of BETHLEHEM in Judah (Genesis 35:16, 19; 48:7). Prior to the Israelite conquest of Canaan, it was inhabited by Canaanites. In Ruth 1:2 it is called “Bethlehem-Judah,” but the inhabitants are called “Ephrathites;” in Micah 5:2, “Bethlehem-Ephratah;” in Matthew 2:6, “Bethlehem in the land of Judah.”
In Psalm 132:6 it is mentioned as the place where David spent his youth, and where he heard much of the ark of the covenant, although he never saw it till he found it long afterwards at Kirjath-jearim; i.e., the “city of the wood,” or the “forest-town” (1 Samuel 7:1; compare 2 Samuel 6:3-4).