A Hittite, dwelling at Hebron in the time of Abraham, Ge 23. The charming account of his transaction with Abraham, and the frequent subsequent mention of his name, point him out as a prince in the land.
(2.) A mountain range which formed one of the landmarks on the north boundary of the tribe of Judah (Jos 15:9), probably the range on the west side of the Wady Beit-Hanina.
1. The Hittite from whom Abraham purchased the field or plot of ground in which was the cave of Machpelah (Ge 23). The purchase is described with great particularity; and the transactions between Ephron and Abraham are conducted with an elaborate courtesy characteristic of Oriental proceedings. Ephron received 400 shekels' weight of silver (23:15): coined money apparently did not exist at that time. If we compare the sale of the site with other instances (Ge 33:19; 1Ki 16:24), Ephron seems to have made a good bargain. 2. A mountain district, containing cities, on the border of Judah, between Nephtoah and Kiriath-jearim (Jos 15:9). The ridge W. of Bethlehem seems intended. 3. A strong fortress in the W. part of Bashan between Ashteroth-karnaim and Bethshean (1Ma 5:46 ff., 2Ma 12:27). The site is unknown. 4. In 2Ch 13:19 RV reads Ephron for AV Ephrain. The place referred to is probably the Ephraim of Joh 11:54. See Ephraim (city), No. 2.