Jo'rah (Heb. Yorah', יוֹרָה, prob. for יוֹרֶה, sprinkling, or autumnal rain; Sept. Ι᾿ωρά v.r. ΟὐράVulg. Jora), a man whose descendants (or a place whose former inhabitants) to the number of 112 returned from the Babylonian captivity (Ezr 2:18); called HARIPH in the parallel passage (Ne 7:24). "In Ezra two of De Rossi's MSS., and originally one of Kennicott's, had יודה, i.e. Jodah, which is the reading of the Syriac and Arabic versions. One of Kennicott's MSS. had the original reading in Ezra altered to,יור, i.e. Joram; and two in Nehemiah read,חרי, i.e. Harim, which corresponds with Α᾿ρείμ of the Alexandrian MS., and Churom of the Syriac. In any case, the change or confusion of letters which might have caused the variation of the name is so slight that it is difficult to pronounce. which is the true form, the corruption of Jorah into Hariph being as easily conceivable as the reverse. Burrington (Geneal. 2, 75) decides in favor of the latter, but from a comparison of both passages with Ezr 10:31 we should be inclined to regard Harim (חרם) as the true reading in all cases. But, on any supposition, it is difficult to account for the form Azephurith. or, more properly, Α᾿ρσιφομρίθ, in 1 Esdr. 5:16, which Burrington considers as having originated in a corruption of the two readings in Ezra and Nehemiah, the second syllable arising from an error of the transcriber in mistaking the uncial E for Σ"

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