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Ephraim, Forest Of

EPHRAIM, FOREST OF

(ya`ar 'ephrayim):

The word ya`ar (Hebrew) probably agrees in meaning with the Arabic wa`r, which indicates a rough country, abounding in rocks, stones and scrub, with occasional trees; not a "forest," as we understand the term. Here Absalom was defeated and slain (2 Samuel 18:6, the King James Version "wood of Ephraim"). It must be sought, therefore, East of the Jordan, in the neighborhood of Mahanaim; but no identification is yet possible.


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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'EPHRAIM, FOREST OF'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.