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Adah 2: Bible

by Naomi Steinberg

Adah, the daughter of Elon the Hittite, marries Esau, one of the two sons of Jacob and Rebekah, to whom she bears Eliphaz. Esau’s marriage to a woman outside his family’s descent line results in his exclusion from the endogamous patrilineage of Abraham’s father, Terah. However, the inclusion of Adah’s and other women’s names in the Genesis 36 genealogy indicates the importance of women and marriage for understanding the formation of kinship and descent groups in the world described in the Book of Genesis.

There is a contradiction between Gen 36:2, which identifies Adah as the daughter of the Hittite Elon, and Gen 26:34, which names Basemath as Elon’s offspring; Gen 36:3 lists Basemath as the daughter of Ishmael.

Bibliography

Meyers, Carol, ed. Women in Scripture: A Dictionary of Named and Unnamed Women in the Bible, the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books, and the New Testament. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2000.

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"There is a contradiction between Gen 36:2, which identifies Adah as the daughter of the Hittite Elon, and Gen 26:34, which names Basemath as Elon’s offspring; Gen 36:3 lists Basemath as the daughter of Ishmael."

Prehaps more than one woman had the name. While tracing my "roots" I noticed a pattern for naming, so many cousins have the same name. In American Colonial times (and before) the first born son was named for the paternal grandfather (the girls were named likewise but for the maternal side) This meant each brother would have a son named Robert, if their father was named Robert, as an example. My point is there could have been something like that and no contridiction at all.

How to cite this page

Steinberg, Naomi. "Adah 2: Bible." Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia. 27 February 2009. Jewish Women's Archive. (Viewed on June 25, 2019) <https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/adah-2-bible>.

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