Character Study on Ephron

Character Study on Ephron

Genesis 23: And he communed with them, saying, If it be your mind that I should bury my dead out of my sight; hear me, and intreat for me to Ephron the son of Zohar,
Genesis 23: And Ephron dwelt among the children of Heth: and Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham in the audience of the children of Heth, even of all that went in at the gate of his city, saying,
Genesis 23: And he spake unto Ephron in the audience of the people of the land, saying, But if thou wilt give it, I pray thee, hear me: I will give thee money for the field; take it of me, and I will bury my dead there.
Genesis 23: And Ephron answered Abraham, saying unto him,
Genesis 23: And Abraham hearkened unto Ephron; and Abraham weighed to Ephron the silver, which he had named in the audience of the sons of Heth, four hundred shekels of silver, current money with the merchant.
Genesis 23: And the field of Ephron, which was in Machpelah, which was before Mamre, the field, and the cave which was therein, and all the trees that were in the field, that were in all the borders round about, were made sure
Genesis 25: And his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, which is before Mamre;
Genesis 49: And he charged them, and said unto them, I am to be gathered unto my people: bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite,
Genesis 49: In the cave that is in the field of Machpelah, which is before Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought with the field of Ephron the Hittite for a possession of a buryingplace.
Genesis 50: For his sons carried him into the land of Canaan, and buried him in the cave of the field of Machpelah, which Abraham bought with the field for a possession of a buryingplace of Ephron the Hittite, before Mamre.
Joshua 15: 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 Kirjathjearim:

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Easton's Bible Dictionary - Ephron
Fawn-like.
The son of Zohar a Hittite, the owner of the field and cave of Machpelah (q.v.), which Abraham bought for 400 shekels of silver (Genesis 23:8-17 ; 25:9 ; 49:29,30 ).



A mountain range which formed one of the landmarks on the north boundary of the tribe of Judah (Joshua 15:9 ), probably the range on the west side of the Wady Beit-Hanina.


Fausset's Bible Dictionary - Ephron
Zohar's son, a Hittite; owner of the field facing Mature or Hebron, and the cave in the field. Abraham bought it from Ephron for 400 shekels of silver (Genesis 23; 25; 49).

Holman Bible Dictionary - Ephron
(ee' frahn) Personal and place name meaning, “dusty.” 1. A Hittite who sold the cave of Machpelah to Abraham (Genesis 23:8-20 ). The narrative follows the normal manner of concluding a purchase agreement among Near Eastern people. Abraham was also buried in the cave with Sarah (Genesis 25:9-10 ). It became the patriarchs' burying place (Genesis 49:30-33 ; Genesis 50:13 ). 2 . A mountain marking the tribal border of Judah with Benjamin (Joshua 15:9 ). It is located northwest of Jerusalem near Mozah at el-Qastel. 3. A city King Abijah of Judah (913-910 B.C.) took from King Jeroboam of Israel (926-909 B.C.), according to spelling of Hebrew text (2 Chronicles 13:19 ). The earliest Hebrew scribes suggested that Ephrain was the correct spelling (KJV). It is apparently identical with Ophrah in Benjamin (Joshua 18:23 ; 1 Samuel 13:17 ), located at et-Taiyibeh about four miles north of Bethel. The city of Ephraim (2 Samuel 13:23 ; John 11:54 ) is probably the same city. If et-Taiyibeh is the correct location, it is a high city, 300 feet higher than Jerusalem and could be quite cold. Some would locate the city of Ephraim in the lower valley at ain Samieh, on the edge of the desert.



Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Ephron
EPHRON . 1 . The Hittite from whom Abraham purchased the field or plot of ground in which was the cave of Machpelah ( Genesis 23:1-20 ). The purchase is described with great particularity; and the transactions between Ephron and Abraham are conducted with an elaborate courtesy characteristic of Oriental proceedings. Ephron received 400 shekels’ weight of silver (23:15): coined money apparently did not exist at that time. If we compare the sale of the site with other instances ( Genesis 33:19 , 1 Kings 16:24 ), Ephron seems to have made a good bargain. 2 . A mountain district, containing cities, on the border of Judah, between Nephtoah and Kiriath-jearim ( Joshua 15:9 ). The ridge W. of Bethlehem seems intended. 3 . A strong fortress in the W. part of Bashan between Ashteroth-karnaim and Bethshean ( 1Ma 5:46 ff., 2Ma 12:27 ). The site is unknown. 4 . In 2 Chronicles 13:19 RV [Note: Revised Version.] reads Ephron for AV [Note: Authorized Version.] Ephrain . The place referred to is probably the Ephraim of John 11:54 . See Ephraim (city), No. 2 .

Morrish Bible Dictionary - Ephron, Mount
A mount on which were 'cities' on the border line of Judah. Joshua 15:9 . Not satisfactorily identified.

Morrish Bible Dictionary - Ephron
Son of Zohar, a Hittite, and from whom Abraham bought the field of Mamre, containing the cave of Machpelah. Genesis 23:8-17 ; Genesis 25:9 ; Genesis 49:29,30 ; Genesis 50:13 .

American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Ephron
A Hittite, dwelling at Hebron in the time of Abraham, Genesis 23:1 - 20 . The charming account of his transaction with Abraham, and the frequent subsequent mention of his name, point him out as a prince in the land.

Hitchcock's Bible Names - Ephron
Dust

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Ephraim, City of - Another name for Ephron. See Ephron
Ephrain - Hebrew text reads, “Ephron,” as do most modern translations. See Ephron
Ephron - Ephron . The purchase is described with great particularity; and the transactions between Ephron and Abraham are conducted with an elaborate courtesy characteristic of Oriental proceedings. Ephron received 400 shekels’ weight of silver (23:15): coined money apparently did not exist at that time. If we compare the sale of the site with other instances ( Genesis 33:19 , 1 Kings 16:24 ), Ephron seems to have made a good bargain. ] reads Ephron for AV [Note: Authorized Version
Ephrain - has Ephron
Zohar -
The father of Ephron the Hittite (Genesis 23:8 )
Eph'Ron, Mount - The "cities of Mount Ephron" formed one of the landmarks on the northern boundary of the tribe of Judah
Nephtoah - We read of the water of Nephtoah, which went towards mount Ephron, Joshua 15:9
Ephron - Abraham bought it from Ephron for 400 shekels of silver (Genesis 23; 25; 49)
Zohar - Father of Ephron the Hittite
zo'Har -
Father of Ephron the Hittite
Ephrain - Possibly = Ephraim city above; also = Ephron, MOUNT, on the northern bound of Judah (Joshua 15:9)
Machpelah - The owner, Ephron the Hittite, offered it to Abraham for free, but the patriarch refused the gift and paid the fair price of 400 shekels of silver. Both Ephron and Abraham expected a purchase to be made
Ophrah - Probably the same as Ephron. (See Ephron; EPHRAIM
Heth - Ephron, who was an inhabitant of that city, was of the race of Heth; and in the time of Abraham the whole city were of the family of Heth
Jeshanah - of Beitin, near the main route between Jerusalem and Shechem, and its relation to the other towns of the triangle, Ephron (Taiyibeh) and Bethel (Beitin), made its acquisition of consequence to Abijah as commanding the high road to his capital
e'Phra-in - ( 2 Chronicles 13:19 ) It has been conjectured that this Ephrain or Ephron is identical with the Ephraim by which Absalom's sheep-farm of Baal-hazor was situated; with the city called Ephraim near the wilderness in which our Lord lived for some time; and with Ophrah, a city of Benjamin, apparently not far from Bethel
Zohar - Father of Ephron the Hittite ( Genesis 23:8 ; Genesis 25:19 )
Ophrah -
A city of Benjamin (Joshua 18:23 ); probably identical with Ephron (2 Chronicles 13:19 ) and Ephraim (John 11:54 )
Ophrah - Some suppose it is identical with Ephrain or Ephron, 2 Chronicles 13:19, and with the city of Ephraim, to which our Lord retired after raising Lazarus
Ophrah - This Ophrah is perhaps identical with Ephron (2 Chronicles 13:19 ) and Ephraim (2 Samuel 13:23 ; John 11:54 )
Sepulchre - First mentioned as purchased by Abraham for Sarah from Ephron the Hittite (Genesis 23:20 )
Hit'Tits - Abraham bought from the "children of Heth" the field and the cave of Machpelah, belonging to Ephron the Hittite
Machpelah - The tract containing the field and cave in the end of Ephron's field, which Abraham bought as his burying ground from Ephron and the sons of Heth (Genesis 23:9); his only possession in the land of promise
Balances - They were needful also in early days for weighing the money: when Abraham bought a burying place he "weighed to Ephron the silver
Shekel - Abraham weighed to Ephron the silver-in the audience of the sons of Heth," Genesis 23:15,16
Sarah - She died in the valley of Hebron, and Abraham came to Beer-sheba to mourn for her, after which he bought a field of Ephron the Hittite, wherein was a cave hewn in the rock, called Machpelah, where Sarah was buried, Genesis 23:9
Machpelah - A field in Hebron containing the cave which Abraham bought of Ephron the Hittite as a burial-place for his family
Hamor - ... Stephen with elliptical brevity sums up from six chaps, of Old Testament in one sentence the double purchase (by Abraham from Ephron the Hittite, Genesis 23; and by Jacob from the children of Hamor), the double burial place (Abraham's cave of Machpelah and Jacob's ground near Shechem), and the double burial (of Jacob in the cave of Machpelah, and of Joseph in the ground at Shechem), just because the details were familiar to both himself and the Jewish council; not, as rationalism objects, because he was ignorant of or forgot the historical facts so notorious from the Old Testament
Hittites - Uriah, the unsuspicious, self-denying patriot, whom David so wronged though of his own bodyguard "the thirty," was a Hittite, and showed the chivalrous bearing which Ephron the Hittite and his people had showed of old
he'Bron - (Joshua 15:13,14 ; 21:13 ) Sarah died at Hebron; and Abraham then bought from Ephron the Hittite the field and cave of Machpelah, to serve as a family tomb (Genesis 23:2-20 ) The cave is still there, and the massive walls of the Haram or mosque, within which it lies, form the most remarkable object in the whole city
Field - “Arable land,” land that is either cultivated or to be cultivated, is also signified by śâdeh: “If it be your mind that I should bury my dead out of my sight; hear me, and entreat for me to Ephron the son of Zohar, that he may give me the cave of Machpelah, which he hath, which is in the end of his field …” (Gen
Machpelah - Portion; double cave, the cave which Abraham bought, together with the field in which it stood, from Ephron the Hittite, for a family burying-place (Genesis 23 )
Boundary - 23:17, gebûl represents the “border” of an individual’s field or piece of ground: “And the field of Ephron, which was in Machpelah, which was before Mamre, the field, and the cave which was therein, and all the trees that were in the field, that were in all the borders round about, were made sure
Silver - Abraham paid Ephron for the cave of Machpelah "400 shekels of silver, current money with the merchant" (Genesis 23:16)
Hebron - From Ephron the Hittite he purchased the cave of Machpelah for the burial of Sarah his wife ( Genesis 23:1-20 )
Covenant - When Abraham bought the field of Ephron in Machpelah, he paid the money "in the audience of the sons of Heth" as witnesses, and it was thus made sure unto him
Hebron - Here he pitched his tent under the oaks of Mamre, by which name it came afterwards to be known; and here Sarah died, and was buried in the cave of Machpelah (Genesis 23:17-20 ), which he bought from Ephron the Hittite
Sarah - She was 127 when she died at Hebron, 28 years before Abraham, and was buried in the cave of Machpelah, bought from Ephron the Hittite; her "shrine" is shown opposite Abraham's, with Isaac's and Rebekah's on one side, Jacob's and Leah's on the other
Machpelah - The name of a locality in which, according to the Priestly narrative of the Hexateuch, were situated a field and a cave purchased by Abraham from Ephron the Hittite, to serve as a burial-place for himself and his family ( Genesis 23:17-18 )
Ephraim - ’... Eusebius in his Onomasticon says (ad Ephron, Joshua 15:9) καἰ ἔστι νῦν κώμη Ἐφραὶμ μεγίστη περὶ τἀ βόρεια Αἰλίας ὠς ἀπὸ σημείων κ; in the Latin rendering of Jerome: ‘est et villa pergrandis Efrœa nomine contra septentrionem in vicesimo ab aelia miliario’ (ed
Hebron - Abraham, Sarah, and Isaac were buried near Hebron, in the cave of Machpelah, or the double cave, which Abraham bought of Ephron, Genesis 23:7-9
Weights And Measures - The first recorded transaction in scripture is that of Abraham buying the field of Ephron the Hittite for four hundred shekels of silver, which Abraham 'weighed' to Ephron
Hittites - ) ... They are first referred to in Scripture in the history of Abraham, who bought from Ephron the Hittite the field and the cave of Machpelah (Genesis 15:20 : 23:3-18 )
Burial - The first commercial transaction recorded is that of the purchase of a burial-place, for which Abraham weighed to Ephron "four hundred shekels of silver current money with the merchants
Take Away - ” So Abraham asks Ephron the Hittite to “receive from” his hand payment for the field which contained the sepulchre (Gen
Abram - The bargain with Ephron is very characteristic of eastern manners to the present day. Some, misled by Ephron's courteous speech, have fancied that he really intended to offer his field to Abraham for a gift. Ephron was a shrewd man, who well knew how to drive a bargain; and a good one he made for himself
Ephraim - See also Ephron, 4
Burial - The burial place of Sarah, Abraham, Isaac, Rebekah, Leah, and Jacob, in the field of Machpelah (Genesis 23), bought by Abraham from Ephron the Hittite, and the field bought by Jacob from Shechem's father, Hamor, where Joseph's bones were buried (Joshua 24:32), were the only fixed possessions the patriarchs had in Canaan, and the sole purchases they made there
Money - The "thousand pieces of silver" which Abimelech gave Abraham (Genesis 20:16) were of this kind; so the 400 shekels "weighed" by Abraham to Ephron (Genesis 23:3; Genesis 23:9; Genesis 23:16), "current (money) with the merchant"; implying that the silver was in some conventional shapes, with a rude sign to mark its weight
Tomb - --One of the most striking events in the life of Abraham is the purchase of the field of Ephron the Hittite at Hebron, in which was the cave of Machpelah, in order that he might therein bury Sarah his wife, and that it might be a sepulchre for himself and his children
Joseph - ... Jacob at length died, and in fulfilment of a promise which he had exacted, Joseph went up to Canaan to bury his father in "the field of Ephron the Hittite" (Genesis 47:29-31 ; 50:1-14 )
Hittites And Hivites - He was forced to purchase the Cave of Machpelah from Ephron the Hittite as a family tomb, specifically for the immediate burial of Sarah (Genesis 23:1 )
Abraham - Abraham acquired now the needful possession of a burying-place, the cave of Machpelah, by purchase from the owner of it, Ephron the Hittite (Genesis 23 ); and there he buried Sarah
Stephen - Again as to Acts 7:15-16, "Jacob and our fathers were carried over into Sychem, and laid in the sepulchre that Abraham bought of Emmor," Stephen with elliptical brevity refers to six different chapters, summing up in one sentence, which none of his hearers could misunderstand from their familiarity as to the details, the double purchase (from Ephron the Hittite by Abraham, and from Hamor of Shechem by Jacob: Genesis 23:16; Genesis 33:19), the double burial place (Machpelah's cave and the ground at Shechem), and the double burial (Jacob in Machpelah's cave: Genesis 50:13, and Joseph in the Shechem ground of Jacob, Genesis 50:25; Exodus 13:19; Joshua 24:32)
Abram - He, therefore, bought of Ephron, one of the inhabitants, the field of Machpelah, with the cave and sepulchre in it, at the price of four hundred shekels of silver, about forty-five pounds sterling. He died, aged a hundred and seventy-five years, and was buried, with Sarah his wife, in the cave of Machpelah, which he had purchased of Ephron, Genesis 24, 25, A
Tombs - Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebekah, Jacob, and Leah, have lain in the cave of Machpelah in the field so solemnly bought from Ephron the Hittite at Hebron, about 3,700 years (Genesis 23:4, etc
Money - Accordingly, when Abraham bought the field and cave of Machpelah he ‘weighed to Ephron the silver … four hundred shekels of silver, current money with the merchant’ ( Genesis 23:15 )