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Sunday, July 21 2019

A Bible Journey, 203: The Border Of Ephraim

"The border of the children of Ephraim according to their families"

The LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God and A Bible Journey, 56: The Sacred Name), for His prophecy-fulfilling purposes (see A Bible Journey, 42: The Prophecy Of The Sheaves Fulfilled), caused Israel's son Joseph to rise from a falsely-accused (see A Bible Journey, 39: The Lies Of Rejected Zuleikha) dungeon prisoner to become the Prime Minister of Egypt (see A Bible Journey, 45: I Am Your Brother Joseph).

"41:45 And Pharaoh called Joseph's name Zaphnathpaaneah; and he gave him to wife Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On. And Joseph went out over all the land of Egypt." (Genesis 41:45 KJV)

Ephraim and Manasseh (some of the present-day Anglo-Israelism theorists egotistically demand which one "they" are because they regard either Ephraim or Manasseh to be the better and more powerful one today) were born from that marriage of a Syrian man (see A Bible Journey, 29: Israel's Syria Origin) and an Egyptian woman.

"41:50 And unto Joseph were born two sons before the years of famine came, which Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On bare unto him.

41:51 And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: For God, said he, hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father's house.

41:52 And the name of the second called he Ephraim: For God hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction." (Genesis 41:50-52 KJV)

Egyptian Woman

When he and the remainder of his family became a refugees in Egypt too (see A Bible Journey, 46: The Family At The Heart Of A Nation), Israel adopted, in effect promoted, Ephraim and Manasseh from grandsons to sons (see the Fact Finder question below).

When the Israelites entered the Promised Land (see A Bible Journey, 191: The Jordan Passover), four centuries after Ephraim and Manasseh were born in Egypt, their descendants had grown into a multitude, just as the other tribes of Jacob/Israel had done (see A Bible Journey, 143: The Jordan Plains Census). Ephraim and Manasseh individually received the tribal inheritance of their father Joseph i.e. "the lot of the children of Joseph ... So the children of Joseph, Manasseh and Ephraim, took their inheritance."

"16:1 And the lot of the children of Joseph fell from Jordan by Jericho, unto the water of Jericho on the east, to the wilderness that goeth up from Jericho throughout mount Bethel, 16:2 And goeth out from Bethel to Luz, and passeth along unto the borders of Archi to Ataroth, 16:3 And goeth down westward to the coast of Japhleti, unto the coast of Bethhoron the nether, and to Gezer: and the goings out thereof are at the sea. 16:4 So the children of Joseph, Manasseh and Ephraim, took their inheritance." (Joshua 16:1-4 KJV)

Tribal Map
As shown on the map above, Ephraim's territory was located directly north of Jerusalem, immediately south of west Manasseh (see Why East And West Manasseh?).

"16:5 And the border of the children of Ephraim according to their families was thus: even the border of their inheritance on the east side was Atarothaddar, unto Bethhoron the upper; 16:6 And the border went out toward the sea to Michmethah on the north side; and the border went about eastward unto Taanathshiloh, and passed by it on the east to Janohah; 16:7 And it went down from Janohah to Ataroth, and to Naarath, and came to Jericho, and went out at Jordan. 16:8 The border went out from Tappuah westward unto the river Kanah; and the goings out thereof were at the sea. This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Ephraim by their families. 16:9 And the separate cities for the children of Ephraim were among the inheritance of the children of Manasseh, all the cities with their villages. 16:10 And they drave not out the Canaanites that dwelt in Gezer: but the Canaanites dwell among the Ephraimites unto this day, and serve under tribute." (Joshua 16:5-10 KJV)

Fact Finder: Why did Jacob/Israel adopt his grandsons Ephraim and Manasseh as sons?
See The Mothers Of The Patriarchs: Rachel


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This Day In History

This Day In History, July 21

356 BC: The original Temple of Artemis (also known as the Temple of Diana) in Ephesus, one of the "Seven Wonders of the Ancient World" (it took 120 years to build it) was destroyed by arson. The idol-worshiping Temple was rebuilt and is recorded in the New Testament (see The Temple Of Artemis; also Hometowns: Ephesus).

Temple of Artemis

285: With its decline accelerating, Diocletian appointed Maximian as Caesar and co-ruler of the Roman Empire (see The Roman Empire; also The Roman Border Walls Paradox).

The Roman Empire

365: An earthquake at Crete (see Aegean Islands) caused a tsunami in the Mediterranean Sea that struck Alexandria, Egypt (the city was founded and named after Alexander the Greek of Greece; see The Greek Empire: Alexander's Horns To The Four Winds). It killed over 5,000 people in the city and 50,000 more in the surrounding area (see also Tsunami - The Deadly Power Of The Harbor Wave).

1403: Henry IV defeated rebel forces at the Battle of Shrewsbury in England.

1542: In an increasing fight against "Protestantism," Pope Paul III set up an "Inquisition" (see also Job's Inquisition).

1588: The first of 3 battles of the English fleet against the Spanish Armada (warships and thousands of European marines; see also Send In The Marines) that had been sent by the Papacy to invade England.

Roman Marines

1667: The Peace of Breda ended the Second Anglo-Dutch War (1664-1667) and ceded Dutch New Amsterdam (today known as New York City) to the English.

1711: Russia and Turkey signed the Treaty of Pruth, ending the year-long Russo-Turkish War of 1711.

1773: Clement XIV issued his Dominus ac redemptor noster which officially dissolved the so-called "Society of Jesus" (the Jesuits).

1774: The Russo-Turkish War of 1768-1774 ended with the signing of the Treaty of Kuchuk-Kainarji between Russia and the Ottoman Empire (see The Fall Of The Muslim Empire).

The Ottoman Empire

1798: The "Battle of the Pyramids" took place in Egypt (see also The Egypt Connection). The Mameluke army attempted to block Napoleon's march on Cairo but were repulsed and eventually driven into the Nile River, where many were drowned.

1831: Belgium gained independence from the Netherlands. Leopold of Saxe-Coburg (in Germany) was elected the first king of the Belgians.

1904: The 4,607 mile / 7,468 kilometer Trans-Siberian railway was completed after 13 years of construction.

1904: Louis Rigolly of France became the first man to achieve 100 miles per hour / 161 kilometers per hour on land with a 15-liter Gobron-Brille in Ostend, Belgium.

1925: The "Scopes monkey trial" ended in Dayton, Tennessee when John Scopes was found guilty and fined $100.00 for teaching "Darwin's" theory of evolution (see Rescuing Charles Darwin From The Atheists) in violation of a Tennessee statute enacted earlier in the year. Scopes' conviction was later overturned.

1954: The French signed an armistice with the Viet Minh that ended their war but divided the Vietnamese people into two artificial countries - North and South Vietnam. The result was a Vietnam civil war between the north and the south that the U.S. later involved itself in after the French withdrew from the divided Vietnam that they created. When the U.S. left in the 1970s, Vietnam was reunited to its original nation.


1969: Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong (a well-chosen "first man on the moon" who remained a humble, mentally-stable gentleman after his return from the moon and for the rest of his life - he had no room for egotism or arrogance despite his prominent place in history) and Edwin Aldrin lifted off from the surface of the moon, successfully completing the first manned lunar landing (the Russians were the first to make a successful unmanned lunar landing; first, a series of intentional crash landings beginning in 1959, then a controlled landing in 1966 from which scientific instruments transmitted data and video back to Earth).

Apollo 11

1970: Construction of the Aswan High Dam in Egypt was completed after 11 years of work.

1976: Christopher Ewart-Biggs, the British ambassador to the Republic of Ireland, was assassinated by the "Irish Republican Army" terrorists.

1977: The four-day Libya-Egypt War began (see also Libya In History And Prophecy).

1983: Martial law was lifted in Poland. It had been imposed in December 1981 by the communist government in a crackdown against Solidarity labor union.

1983: The lowest temperature ever recorded occurred at Vostok Station, Antarctica: -89.2 degrees Celsius / -128 degrees Fahrenheit.

1998: Alan Shepherd died at age 74. Shepherd was the first U.S. astronaut in space (a Russian, Yuri Gagarin, was the first human in space, in 1961; a Russian woman, Valentina Tereshkova, was the first woman in space, in 1963, 20 years before Sally Ride of the U.S.) and the 5th man to walk on the moon.

2011: The U.S. Space Shuttle program ended with the landing of Atlantis. U.S. astronauts now depend on Russian space launches to get into orbit or to the International Space Station.

2012: Erden Eruc of Turkey, at age 54, became the first person to complete a solo, human-powered circumnavigation of the Earth. Using rowboats, sea kayaks, bicycles and canoes, his route covered 66,299 kilometers / 41,196 miles in the 5 years from July 10 2007 to July 21 2012.




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