a A city of Benjamin (Josh. 18:23). b The home of Gideon the Manassite, who delivered Israel from the Midianites and became judge of Israel (Judg. 6:11, 24). c Either a son of or a city founded by Meonothai, of the tribe of Judah (I Chron. 4:14).
Meta. Gideon the Manassite, a judge of Israel whose home was in Ophrah, represents denial of error. Benjamin is the active faith quality in man. Meonothai, parent or founder of the Ophrah of the tribe of Judah, signifies a thought in the praise-and-prayer consciousness of the individual that perceives or acknowledges the habitations of man--the consciousness and organism of each person--to be the abode of Jehovah. (See MEONOTHAI.) Ophrah therefore (a city of Benjamin, also a city that was the home of Gideon, and the name of a man or city of Judah, and meaning female fawn) stands for groups of thoughts of a very active, yet gentle, peaceable, and cooperative nature--thoughts that love and are zealous for the good. The other definitions of Ophrah point to a great degree of refinement, purification, spiritualization, as opposed to the dense and material.