Sepharad (/ˈsɛfəræd/ SEF-ər-ad[1] or /səˈfɛərəd/ sə-FAIR-əd;[2][3] Hebrew: סְפָרַד, romanizedSəp̄āraḏ, Israeli pronunciation: [sfaˈʁad]; also Sfard, Spharad, Sefarad, or Sephared) is the Hebrew-language name for the Iberian Peninsula, consisting of both modern-time Western Europe's Spain and Portugal, especially in reference to the local Jews before their forced expulsion from 1492 onwards. In modern Hebrew, the name has mostly come to refer to Spain.[4]

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  1. ^ H. B. Hackett (ed.) Dr. William Smith's Dictionary of the Bible, 1877
  2. ^ The Bible dictionary, Cassell Petter & Galpin, 1875
  3. ^ William Smith (ed.) A Dictionary of the Bible, 1863
  4. ^ "Sephardim". Retrieved 2021-05-11.
  5. ^ Jerusalem Bible (1966), Footnote aa at Obadiah 1:20