(house of bread). + One of the oldest towns in Palestine, already in existence at the time of Jacob’s return to the country. Its earliest name was [295]Ephratah, Or Ephrath or EPHRATAH. See (Genesis 35:16,19; 48:7) After the conquest Bethlehem appears under its own name, BETHLEHEM-JUDAH. (Judges 17:7; 1 Samuel 17:12; Ruth 1:1,2) The book […]

-1. A city southwest of Jerusalem Jud 17:7; 19:18 .Called EPHRATAH and EPHRATH Ge 48:7; Ps 132:6; Mic 5:2 .And BETH-LEHEM-JUDAH Jud 17:7-9; 19:1,18; Ru 1:1; 1Sa 17:12 .Rachel dies and is buried at Ge 35:16,19; 48:7 .The city of Boaz Ru 1:1,19; 2:4; 4 .Taken and held by the Philistines 2Sa 23:14-16 .Jeroboam converts […]

House of bread. (1.) A city in the “hill country” of Judah. It was originally called Ephrath (Gen. 35:16, 19; 48:7; Ruth 4:11). It was also called Beth-lehem Ephratah (Micah 5:2), Beth-lehem-judah (1 Sam. 17:12), and “the city of David” (Luke 2:4). It is first noticed in Scripture as the place where Rachel died and […]