Sometimes an אֶפְרָתִ֜ means someone from the Tribe of Ephraim. It is certainly used that way in the context of the "Shibollet" story.

Other times, is means someone from Bethlehem. (Ruth) and (Samuel I 17:12) and is associated with the King David family.

Rashi says it could also mean a generically important person.

Is there a guiding principal to know which use is intended when it is not definite from context?

  • I would suggest rewording the title of this question as no where in it do you ask about (or give reference to) the use as "from Efrat."
    – rosends
    Jul 22, 2022 at 18:07
  • If it is referring to people who are definitely not from the tribe of Ephraim, it must have another meaning.
    – N.T.
    Jul 24, 2022 at 4:28


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