The name Ephrath in the Bible
The name Ephrath is an abbreviated form of Ephrathah (or Ephrathah is the expanded version of Ephrath) and is assigned to one town and one lady:
- Ephrath is the name of a city in Judah, famous for being the birthplace of Benjamin and subsequent death of Rachel (Genesis 48:7). This place is called Ephrathah in Genesis 35:16-19.
- Ephrath is also the name of one of the wives of Caleb, the son of Hezron (1 Chronicles 2:19). In 1 Chronicles 2:50 and 1 Chronicles 4:4 she is called Ephrathah.
Etymology of the name Ephrath
The name Ephrath probably comes from the root-verb פרה (para), meaning to bear fruit or be fruitful:
For a meaning of the name Ephrath, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Fruitfulness. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads Fruitful.