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[ee-free-uh m, ee-fruh m; for 4 also ef-ruh m] /ˈi fri əm, ˈi frəm; for 4 also ˈɛf rəm/
the younger son of Joseph. Gen. 41:52.
the tribe of Israel traditionally descended from him. Gen. 48:1.
the Biblical kingdom of the Hebrews in N Palestine, including ten of the twelve tribes.
Compare Judah (def 3).
a male given name. Unabridged
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  • And it was told the house of David, saying, "Syria is confederate with Ephraim."

    The Bible Story Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
  • Just as she reached the kitchen Ephraim came in at the other door.

    The Carroll Girls Mabel Quiller-Couch
  • Perhaps, as has been surmised, there may be confusion with another Ephraim.

  • Ephraim came into the hall to speak to his mistress just as Poppy came down the stairs.

    The Carroll Girls Mabel Quiller-Couch
  • Ezra Ray could not have faced a whipping any more courageously than Ephraim.

    Pembroke Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • She looked again at Ephraim, but getting no help from him, she turned to Poppy.

    The Carroll Girls Mabel Quiller-Couch
  • Solomon had unduly favoured his own tribe by exemptions from the general requisition, and Ephraim fretted under a sense of wrong.

  • "Then the Sechs of our mother will come to our aid," Ephraim said softly.

    A Ghetto Violet Leopold Kompert
British Dictionary definitions for Ephraim


noun (Old Testament)
  1. the younger son of Joseph, who received the principal blessing of his grandfather Jacob (Genesis 48:8–22)
  2. the tribe descended from him
  3. the territory of this tribe, west of the River Jordan
the northern kingdom of Israel after the kingdom of Solomon had been divided into two
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Word Origin and History for Ephraim

masc. personal name, in Old Testament, younger son of Joseph; also the tribe descended from him, sometimes used figuratively for "Kingdom of Israel;" Greek form of Hebrew Ephrayim, a derivative of parah "was fruitful" (related to Aramaic pera "fruit").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Ephraim in the Bible

double fruitfulness ("for God had made him fruitful in the land of his affliction"). The second son of Joseph, born in Egypt (Gen. 41:52; 46:20). The first incident recorded regarding him is his being placed, along with his brother Manasseh, before their grandfather, Jacob, that he might bless them (48:10; comp. 27:1). The intention of Joseph was that the right hand of the aged patriarch should be placed on the head of the elder of the two; but Jacob set Ephraim the younger before his brother, "guiding his hands wittingly." Before Joseph's death, Ephraim's family had reached the third generation (Gen. 50:23).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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