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Caleb-ephrathah meaning

כלב אפרתה

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🔼The name Caleb-ephrathah in the Bible

The name Caleb-ephrathah occurs only one time in the Bible. It's the place where Hezron, the father of Caleb (not the famous one), passed away (1 Chronicles 2:24). Caleb's wife was named Ephrath, and it's reasonable to assume that our town was named after them.

It may be that Caleb-ephrathah is the same as Bethlehem-ephrathah (Micah 5:2), and later just Bethlehem of Judah, as Alfred Jones (Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names) dictates, but there's little evidence for that.

🔼Etymology of the name Caleb-ephrathah

The name Caleb-ephrathah obviously consists of the two names Caleb and Ephrathah.

The name Caleb comes from the noun כלב (keleb), meaning dog:

And the name Ephrathah comes from the verb פרה (para), meaning to bear fruit or be fruitful:

🔼Caleb-ephrathah meaning

The name Caleb-ephrathah means something like Dog Of Fruitfulness or Fruitful Dog.