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Japhia meaning

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🔼The name Japhia in the Bible

The name Japhia is assigned to two men and one town in the Bible. The town named Japhia is mentioned in Joshua 19:12 as boundary marker for the territory of Zebulun. Scholars assume that Japhia is the modern city of Yafa, near Nazareth.

The men named Japhia are:

  • A king of Lachish, who joins Adoni-zedek and three more kings in a campaign against Joshua (Joshua 10:3).
  • A son of David who was born to him in Jerusalem (2 Samuel 5:15).

🔼Etymology of the name Japhia

The name Japhia comes from the verb יפע (yapa'), meaning to radiate divinely:

🔼Japhia meaning

For a meaning of the name Japhia, NOBSE Study Bible Name List proposes My He (God) Cause To Shine Forth. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names simply reads Illustrious.

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