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HEBREW: 7497 apr rapha' or hpr raphah or (plural) Myapr
NAVE: Rephaim
EBD: Rephaim
Rephaiah | Rephaim, The Valley Of | Rephaim, Vale Of | Rephaim, Valley of | Rephaims | Rephaites | Rephan | Rephidim | Reports | Reprobacy | Reprobate


In Bible versions:

Rephaites: NET NIV
a tall ancient people in the land east of the Jordan
a fertile valley on the boundary of Judah and Benjamin (OS)
Google Maps: Rephaim (32° 48´, 35° 56´)


Strongs #07497: apr rapha' or hpr raphah or (plural) Myapr

1) giants, Rephaim
1a) old tribe of giants

7497 rapha' raw-faw'

or raphah {raw-faw'}; from 7495 in the sense of invigorating;
a giant:-giant, Rapha, Rephaim(-s). See also 1051.
see HEBREW for 07495
see HEBREW for 01051

Rephaim [EBD]

lofty men; giants, (Gen. 14:5; 2 Sam. 21:16, 18, marg. A.V., Rapha, marg. R.V., Raphah; Deut. 3:13, R.V.; A.V., "giants"). The aborigines of Palestine, afterwards conquered and dispossessed by the Canaanite tribes, are classed under this general title. They were known to the Moabites as Emim, i.e., "fearful", (Deut. 2:11), and to the Ammonites as Zamzummim. Some of them found refuge among the Philistines, and were still existing in the days of David. We know nothing of their origin. They were not necessarily connected with the "giants" (R.V., "Nephilim") of Gen. 6:4. (See GIANTS.)

Rephaim [NAVE]

1. An ancient people of Palestine, of great stature, Gen. 14:5; 15:20; Deut. 2:11, 20; 3:11, 13; Josh. 12:4; 13:12; 17:15.
2. A valley. Boundary between Judah and Benjamin, Josh. 15:8; 18:16.
Battle ground of David and the Philistines, 2 Sam. 5:18, 22; 23:13; 1 Chr. 11:15; 14:9.
Productiveness of, Isa. 17:5.




REPHAIM - ref'-a-im, re-fa'-im (repha'-im, from rapha', "a terrible one "hence "giant," in 1 Ch 20:4, yelidhe ha-rapha', "sons of the giant"; the King James Version, Rephaims): A race of aboriginal or early inhabitants East of the Jordan in Ashterothkarnaim (Gen 14:5) and in the valley of Rephaim Southwest of Jerusalem (Josh 15:8). They associated with other giant races, as the Emim and Anakim (Dt 2:10,11) and the Zamzummim (Dt 2:20). It is probable that they were all of the same stock, being given different names by the different tribes who came in contact with them. The same Hebrew word is rendered "the dead," or "the shades" in various passages (Job 26:5 margin; Ps 88:10 margin; Prov 2:18 margin; 9:18 margin; 21:16 margin; Isa 14:9 margin; 26:14,19 margin). In these instances the word is derived from rapheh, "weak," "powerless," "a shadow" or "shade."

H. Porter

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