Ephraim was the brother of Manasseh,
and the son of Joseph and
Asenath, Pharoah's daughter.
Jacob adopted the two sons as part of the tribe of Simeon and Reuben. Ephraim received
the blessing of the firstborn, although Manasseh was the eldest, because
Jacob foresaw that Ephraim's ancestors would be greater than his brother's
The tribe of Ephraim settled in central Israel, stretching from just west of the Jordan River to the central coast of the Mediterranean Sea.
Sources: Bridger, David. Ed. The
New Jewish Encyclopedia, NY: Behrman House, 1976; Navigating
the Bible II