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Title: Where Should One Look for Gideon’s Ophra?
Author(s): NIESIOŁOWSKI-SPANÒ, Łukasz
Volume: 86 Issue: 4 Date: 2005
The hypothesis presented in this article offers a new way of explaining a number of discrepancies in the biblical text. Perhaps more importantly, it opens the door to the identification of a place known from the biblical tradition with a known site of archaeological importance. Finally, the identification of Ophra with Ramat Rahel, which in ancient times was very likely called בית־עפר/בית־עפרה, sheds light on the tradition of connecting Ephratah (אפרתה) with Judah, (1 Chr 1,19.50), and the hitherto difficult בית לעפרה in Mic 1,10.