a fawn. 1 Chr. 4:14. (1.) A city of Benjamin (Josh. 18:23); probably identical with Ephron (2 Chr. 13:19) and Ephraim (John 11:54). (2.) "Of the Abi-ezrites." A city of Manasseh, 6 miles south-west of Shechem, the residence of Gideon (Judg. 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 (Judg. 9:5). It is identified with Ferata.
Men of Shechem too would not be governed from ophrah if they had any spirit.
And when he died, he was buried in his own country of ophrah.
As the flame goes up from the altar at ophrah men feel a flash of hope and promise.
For a while we see the hero acting as judge at ophrah and presiding with dignity at the altar.
One band turned back toward Beth-horon in the west, another went north to the southern ophrah, otherwise known as Ephraim.
After this victory Gideon bore rule over Israel from his home in ophrah, until his death.
And when Gideon was come to his own country of ophrah, he slew the kings of the Midianites.
Gideon died at a good old age and was buried in the tomb of Joash, his father, in ophrah of the Abiezerites.
It was designated by the biblical historians as ophrah of the Abiezrites, being named from the clan to which Gideon belonged.
This led to a civil war, for Jephthah was not so submissive to the proud Ephraimites as the judge of ophrah had been.