Ancient Sources

Mount Ephraim and Benjamin

46. Ephron also Ephraia, where went the Lord - (al-Tayyibah)


Afra in tribu Beniamin. Est et hodie vicus Efraim in quinto miliario Bethelis ad orientem respiciens. (Jerome 29:4-5)

Efron in tribu Iudae. Est et villa pergrandis Efraea no-mine contra septentrionem in vicesimo ab Aelia miliario.
(Jerome 87:1-2)

Efraim iuxta desertum, ad quam venit dominus Iesus cum discipulis suis. Diximus de hac et supra sub Efron vocabulo.
(Jerome 91:24-25)


Eusebius, Onomasticon 28:4-5 (ca. 295 A.D.); Jerome 29:4-5 (ca. 390 A.D.)
Ophrah (Jos 18:23) in the lot of Benjamin. And today it is a village called Ephraim at the fifth milestone from Bethel to the east.

Eusebius, Onomasticon 86:1-2
(ca. 295 A.D.); Jerome 87:1-2 (ca. 390 A.D.)
Ephron (Jos 15:9) in the tribe of Judah. And today it is a very large village called Ephraea, north of Jerusalem at the 21st milestone.

Eusebius, Onomasticon 90:18-19 (ca. 295 A.D.); Jerome 91:24-25 (ca. 390 A.D.)
Ephraim 'near the wilderness' (John 11:54) where Jesus went 'with his disciples': it is also mentioned above, under the heading Ephron.


Josh 15:9 Borders of the tribe of Benjamin
And the border was drawn from the top of the hill unto the fountain of the water of Nephtoah, and went out to the cities of mount Ephron; and the border was drawn to Baalah, which is Kirjath-jearim.

Josh 18:21.23 The towns of Benjamin
Now the towns of the tribe of Benjamin according to their families were... Avim, and Parah, and Ophrah.

John 11:54 Jesus go to a city called Ephraim
Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews; but went thence unto a country near to the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim, and there continued with his disciples.


Josephus, War 4,551 (1st cent. A.D.)
So he went up to the mountainous country, and took those two toparchies that were called the Gophnitick and Acrabattene toparchies. After which he took Bethel and Ephraim, two small cities; and when he had put garrisons into them, he rode as far as Jerusalem, in which march he took many prisoners, and many captives.

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