Ephah in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
e'-fa (`ephah, "darkness"; Gephar (Gen 25:4), Gaipha (Isa
60:6): The name of three persons in the Old Testament, both
masculine and feminine
(1) The son of Midian, descended from Abraham by his wife
Keturah (Gen 25:4 = 1 Ch 1:33), mentioned again in Isa 60:6 as
a transporter of gold and frankincense from Sheba, who shall
thus bring enlargement to Judah and praise to Yahweh.
According to Fried. Delitzsch, Schrader, and Hommel, `Ephah is
an abbreviation of `Ayappa, the Kha-yappa Arabs of the time of
Tiglath-pileser III and Sargon. See treatment of this view in
Dillmann's Commentary on Gen (25:4).
(2) A concubine of Caleb (1 Ch 2:46).
(3) The son of Jahdai, a descendant of Judah (1 Ch 2:47).
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