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  • Name Ephraim  
    Gender Male 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    • «b»

      Ephraim«/b» («u»Hebrew «/u»: / , «u»Standard «/u» «i»Efráyim«/i» «u»Tiberian «/u» ) was, according to the «u»Book of Genesis «/u», the second son of «u»Joseph «/u» and «u»Asenath «/u», the founder of the «u»Israelite Tribe «/u» of «u»Ephraim «/u» and heir of the Abrahamic Covenant «u»1Chronicles 5:1-2 <;&version=ESV;>«/u». The Covenant of Abraham was that his descendents would become many nations «u»Genesis 17:1-6 <;&version=ESV;>«/u» between the Nile and Euphrates (General Middle East Area currently populated by the Arab people and nations) «u»Genesis 15:8 <;&version=ESV;>«/u» and this his descendents would be like the stars of the sky «u»Genesis 15:5 <;&version=ESV;>«/u», yet each time the birthright passed from one generation to the next it always passed through the barren woman starting with Abraham's wife Sarah «u»Genesis 11:30 <;&version=ESV;>«/u» to Isaac's wife Rebecca «u»Genesis 25:21 <;&version=ESV;>«/u». Jacob had two wives, Leah (the mother of the Jewish people) and Rachel (the mother of the house of Joseph), however only Rachel was barren «u»Genesis 29:31 <;&version=ESV;>«/u». Joseph had only two children «u»Genesis 48:5 <;&version=ESV;>«/u», which Ephraim was the heir of the birthright and the youngest «u»Genesis 48:20 <;&version=ESV;>«/u». Ephraim's story of his children quite sad as several of his children died so that Abraham's blessing passed through Ephraim's few remaining sons «u»1Chronicles 7:20-23 <;&version=ESV;>«/u». Biblically several leaders of ancient Israel came from the Tribe of Ephraim, including Joshua «u»1Chronicles 7:20-27 <;&version=ESV;>«/u» and Jeroboam «u»1Kings 11:26 <;&version=ESV;>«/u». Due to this lack of identity some «u»Biblical scholars «/u» view this as postdiction, an «u»eponymous «/u» «u»metaphor «/u» providing an «u»aetiology «/u» of the connectedness of the tribe to others in the Israelite confederation. The text of the «u»Torah «/u» argues that the name of «i»Ephraim«/i», which means «i»double fruitfulness«/i», refers to Joseph's ability to produce children, specifically while in «u»Egypt «/u» (termed by the Torah as «i»the land of his affliction«/i»).. Some scholars link the name to an Egyptian meaning rather than a Hebrew one.
      In the Biblical account, Joseph's other son is «u»Manasseh «/u», and Joseph himself is one of the two children of «u»Rachel «/u» and «u»Jacob «/u», the other being «u»Benjamin «/u». Biblical scholars regard it as obvious, from their geographic overlap and their treatment in older passages, that originally Ephraim and Manasseh were considered one tribe - that of «i»Joseph«/i».«u»]«/u» John's Book of Revelation, however, accords only Ephraim the tribal name of Joseph. According to several biblical scholars, Benjamin was originally part of the suggested Ephraim-Manasseh single "Joseph" tribe, but the biblical account of Joseph as his father became lost. A number of biblical scholars suspect that the distinction of the «i»Joseph tribes«/i» (including Benjamin) is that they were the only Israelites which went to «u»Egypt «/u» «u»and returned «/u», while the main Israelite tribes simply emerged as a subculture from the «u»Canaanites «/u» and had remained in «u»Canaan «/u» throughout. According to this view, the story of Jacob's visit to «u»Laban «/u» to obtain a wife originated as a «u»metaphor «/u» for this migration, with the property and family which were gained from Laban representing the gains of the Joseph tribes by the time they returned from Egypt; according to textual scholars, the «u»Jahwist «/u» version of the Laban narrative only mentions the Joseph tribes, and Rachel, and doesn't mention the other tribal «u»matriarchs «/u» whatsoever.
      In the Torah, the eventual precedence of the tribe of Ephraim is argued to derive from Jacob, blind and on his deathbed, blessing Ephraim before Manasseh.«u»[2][9]«/u» The text describing this blessing features a «u»hapax legomenon «/u» - the word («i»sh-k-l«/i») - which «u»classical rabbinical literature «/u» has interpreted in esoteric manners; some rabbinical sources connect the term with «i»sekel«/i», meaning «i»mind«/i»/«i»wisdom«/i», and view it as indicating that Jacob was entirely aware of who he was actually blessing; other rabbinical sources connect the term with «i»shikkel«/i», viewing it as signifying that Jacob was «i»despoiling«/i» Manasseh in favour of Ephraim; yet other rabbinical sources argue that it refers to the power of Jacob to «i»instruct«/i» and guide the «u»holy spirit «/u». In classical rabbinical sources, Ephraim is described as being modest and not selfish. These rabbinical sources allege that it was on account of modesty and selflessness, and a «u»prophetic «/u» vision of «u»Joshua «/u», that Jacob gave Ephraim precedence over Manasseh, the elder of the two; in these sources Jacob is regarded as being sufficiently just that God upholds the blessing in his honour, and makes Ephraim the leading tribe.
    Person ID I61479  Glenn Cook Family
    Last Modified 3 Dec 2009 

    Father Joseph,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Asenath,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F551617659  Group Sheet

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    Ephraim, by Francesco Hayez