EPHRON (ē'frôn, Heb. ‘ephrôn, fawn)
A Hittite, the son of Zohar, of the children of Heth in Hebron. Abraham purchased from him, for four hundred shekels of silver, the field of Machpelah that contained a cave in which he buried his wife Sarah (
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
The Hittite of whom Abraham bought the field and cave of Machpelah (
See also MONEY; MONEY, CURRENT.
(2) A city East of the Jordan between Carnion (Ashteroth-karnain) and Scythopolis (Beisan): "Then Judas gathered together all the Israelites that were in the country. .... Now when they came unto Ephron (this was a great city in the way as they should go, very well fortified) they could not turn from it either on the right hand or on the left, but they must needs pass through the midst of it" (1 Macc 5:45,46 the; Ant, XII, viii, 5; also 2 Macc 12:27). Buhl and Schumacher propose Kacr Wady el Ghafr, a ruined tower which completely commands the deep Wady el Ghafr, but the ruins appear to be scanty.
(3) Mt. Ephron: The border of Judah is described (