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Judah(jo͞o`də). 1 In the Bible he is the fourth son of JacobJacob
, in the Bible, ancestor of the Hebrews, the younger of Isaac and Rebecca's twin sons; the older was Esau. In exchange for a bowl of lentil soup, Jacob obtained Esau's birthright and, with his mother's help, received the blessing that the dying Isaac had intended for his
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, in the Bible, Laban's elder, less beautiful daughter and Jacob's first wife.
..... Click the link for more information. and the eponymous ancestor of one of the 12 tribes of Israel. In the Book of Genesis, Judah emerges as a leader. With ReubenReuben
, in the Bible, Jacob's eldest son and eponymous ancestor of one of the 12 tribes of Israel. He interceded for his brother Joseph's life and guaranteed the safe return from Egypt of another brother, Benjamin.
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one of the heroes of the patriarchal narratives of the Book of Genesis. He is presented as the favored son of Jacob and Rachel, sold as a boy into slavery by his brothers, who were jealous of Joseph's dreams and of his coat of many colors given him by Jacob.
..... Click the link for more information. 's life, and he was the spokesman for his brothers before Joseph in Egypt. In the exodus his tribe was in the lead, and it settled in the rich land of S Palestine, extending from the Dead Sea to the Mediterranean, according to scripture. Within its borders was Jerusalem. It gave its name to the Kingdom of JudahJudah,
in the Bible, the southern of the two kingdoms remaining after the division of the kingdom of the Jews that occurred under Rehoboam. The northern kingdom, Israel, was continually at war with Judah.
..... Click the link for more information. . The royal and Messianic family of David was of the tribe of Judah. 2 In the Book of Nehemiah, a Levitical family. 3 In the Book of Ezra, a Levite. 4 In Nehemiah, an overseer. 5 In Nehemiah, a priest's son. 6 The same as HodaviahHodaviah
, in the Bible. 1 Chief Manassite. 2 Benjamite. 3 Levitical family. An alternate form is Hodevah.
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Judah,in the Bible, the southern of the two kingdoms remaining after the division of the kingdom of the JewsJews
[from Judah], traditionally, descendants of Judah, the fourth son of Jacob, whose tribe, with that of his half-brother Benjamin, made up the kingdom of Judah; historically, members of the worldwide community of adherents to Judaism.
..... Click the link for more information. that occurred under RehoboamRehoboam
, in the Bible, last king of the United Monarchy, first king of Judah, son of Solomon. Under him the northern tribes broke away from the rule of Jerusalem and set up a separate kingdom (called Israel) with Jeroboam I as their king.
..... Click the link for more information. . The northern kingdom, IsraelIsrael
[as understood by Hebrews,=he strives with God], according to the book of Genesis, name given to Jacob as eponymous ancestor of the Hebrews, the chosen people of God.
..... Click the link for more information. , was continually at war with Judah. In the Bible the southern kingdom is regarded as usually more loyal to God than the northern kingdom was. Judah's capital was Jerusalem, and its dynasty was the house of David. It lasted from 931 B.C. to 586 B.C.
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unknowingly has relations with daughter-in-law. [O.T.: Genesis 38:15–18]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
1. the fourth son of Jacob, one of whose descendants was to be the Messiah (Genesis 29:35; 49:8--12)
2. the tribe descended from him
3. the tribal territory of his descendants which became the nucleus of David's kingdom and, after the kingdom had been divided into Israel and Judah, the southern kingdom of Judah, with Jerusalem as its centre
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