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Ophrah

Meaning: a fawn (1 Chronicles 4:14)

This is the name of two biblical cities and a person.

  1. Ophrah in the Tribe of Benjamin

    This city of Benjamin (Joshua 18:23) is probably identical with Ephron (2 Chronicles 13:19) and Ephraim (John 11:54).

    It was located where the modern village of Taybeh, Israel stands. The Israeli settlement of Ofra is close to the site as well. Neaby is Bethel.

    Modern village of Taybeh, Israel, site of ancient Oprah in Benjamin—satellite view
  2. Ophrah of the Abi-ezrites

    This city was in the Tribe of Manasseh, 6 miles southwest of Shechem, the residence of Gideon (Judges 6:11; 8:27, 32).

    After his great victory over the Midianites, he slew at this place the captive kings (8:18-21). He then assumed the function of high priest, and sought to make Ophrah what Shiloh should have been. This thing “became a snare” to Gideon and his house. After Gideon's death his family resided here till they were put to death by Abimelech (Judges 9:5). It is identified with Ferata.

  3. Ophrah, child of Meonothai

    Ophrah is mentioned in 1 Chronicles 4:14. Menothai is a son of the judge Othniel (Othniel ben Kenaz), of the Tribe of Judah.

Article Version: July 13, 2021