Summary: Ephraim was a small city about nine miles northeast of Jerusalem. After
Yeshua’s visit there, as reported in Yeshua 33, the people of the town came to believe
in him (Y:33:63), and Ephraim became a safe haven throughout the remaining days of
Yeshua’s ministry (Y:40:2,16).
Azrael’s Commentary - Ephraim
The second of two towns in Judea which gladly offered refuge to Yeshua. Ephraim was
just nine miles northeast of Jerusalem. The town was noted for its grape arbors and
for its wine. The chief rabbi of Ephraim was a good and just man named Benjamin Ben
Jacob (Yeshua 33:1). The chief rabbi was so impressed with Yeshua that he became
a devoted friend and disciple.
The elders of the town would often send invitations for Yeshua to come visit them.
Whenever Yeshua went to Ephraim, he would stay in the home of the chief rabbi, and
he would be invited to teach in the town’s main synagogue.
And Yeshua, knowing the hearts of them which hated him, fled unto the city of Ephraim,
both he and his disciples, and the whole city received him with gladness.