Easton's Bible Dictionary (1897)/Ephratah

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Ephratah – Fruitful.

1. The second wife of Caleb, the son of Hezron, mother of Hur, and grandmother of Caleb, who was one of those that were sent to spy the land 1Ch 2:19,50

2. The ancient name of Bethlehem in Judah Ge 35:16,19 48:7 In Ru 1:2 it is called "Bethlehem-Judah," but the inhabitants are called "Ephrathites;" in Mic 5:2 "Bethlehem-Ephratah;" in Mt 2:6 "Bethlehem in the land of Judah." In Ps 132:6 it is mentioned as the place where David spent his youth, and where he heard much of the ark, 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" 1Sa 7:1 comp. 2Sa 6:3,4