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(Jacob, Isaac, Abraham, ...)

Aholibamah
Generation No. 24

Judah

Born: 1706 BC in Haran, Pandanaram

Married Aliyath: aft. 1685 BC                             (Age:  21+)

Met Tamar: abt. 1673 BC in Timnah, Canaan     (Age:  33±)

Died: 1577 BC in Goshen, Egypt                         (Age:  129)

Father: Jacob

Mother:  Leah

 

Wife: Aliyath

 

Born: Adulam, Canaan

Died:  1674 BC in Hebron, Canaan

Farther: Shuah

 

Partner: Tamar

 

Died: Goshen, Egypt ?

 

Aliyath’s Children:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tamar’s Children:

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Notes for Aliyath:

In Genesis 38:2 it may be surmised that Judah’s wife’s name would be Shuah, but looking closer in Jasher 43:4, we have it that Aliyath’s father is Shua.  With that in mind and going back to Genesis 38:2, that the Shuah mentioned in that verse could possibly be Aliyath’s father which the Bible is talking about.  To further the argument, Genesis 38:12 says:  “And in the process of time the daughter of Shuah Judah’s wife died ...”

Not much is known about Aliyath, but she was only married to Judah for about eleven years, and she died around the same time as her first two sons, Er and Onan.

Notes for Judah:

His name in Hebrew is: יהודה Yehûwdâh (yeh-hoo-daw’) Strongs #: 3063; celebrated.  His name in Greek is: Ίουδάζ Iŏudas (ee-oo-das’) Strongs #: 2455.

Jacob, Judah’s father was 87 when Judah was born.

Jacob had already been living in Haran for ten years when Judah was born.

At the age of 10, Judah left with his family to return to where Jacob came from and met with a few hardships along the way.  (1)

The place of abode upon arriving in Canaan from Haran was outside the town of Shechem where they stayed 18 months.  (2)

Upon the kidnapping of Judah’s sister, Dinah, Judah’s younger brothers, Simeon and Levi laid waste to the city of Shechem.

It looked like Judah would be going to his first battle at the age of 11, but it turned out that the Canaanites decided that it wouldn’t be a very good idea.  If two can take a city, then an army of 112 would be devastating.  (3)

At 12, Judah and his family moved to Bethel for a six month stay.

At 13, his Aunt Rachel died at childbirth while bringing Benjamin into the world.

At 18, Judah and his family came again to Shechem but their arrival made headline news amongst the Canaanites since they didn’t want to lose their city again.  This time war was inevitable!

The armies of the seven Canaanite kings came against them, but to make a long story short, Judah and his brothers destroyed the kings as well as seven cites, although it took several days to do it.  (4)  Judah was possibly the most valiant than all his brothers and possibly the strongest.  However, Judah nearly died from a blow to the head during the battle.  (5)

Judah’s mother, Leah died when Judah was 19, and it was after that time that his half-brother Joseph started making a nuisance of himself.  Although Joseph ranked himself better than his brothers, Father Jacob still loved the brat so much that Jacob made a colorful coat for him with long sleeves.  (6)

What was the most annoying were Joseph’s dreams, and since Judah had the gift of interpreting dreams it made him dislike his brother all the more!  (7)

The only relief from Joseph was to look after the cattle with his brothers in Shechem (they had been dwelling in Hebron with Grandfather Isaac), but Joseph still found his brothers even when Judah moved with his brothers 15 miles north to Dothan.

Even before Joseph arrived at the camp, his brothers (except Reuben) wanted to kill Joseph, but he suggested selling Joseph instead of killing him since it would be wrong to kill a brother.  (8)

After Joseph was sold to the Ishmaelites for 20 pieces of silver, Judah later regretted it.

After the selling of Joseph, Judah took unto him a Canaanite woman and had three sons by her, and it may be calculated that Judah’s oldest son was thought to be old enough to marry near to the age of ten.  Therefore, Judah chose a wife for his son, Er, but Er was killed by Yahvah so Judah suggested that his next son Onan take Tamar to wife, but Onan was also killed.  The next son of Judah, Shelah was too young to marry (possibly because he was around eight years old [by the author’s calculations]).  (9)

At the death of Judah’s wife, he went to shear sheep and met upon a harlot and he went in unto her promising to pay her with a kid of the goats, but the harlot requested his signet, bracelet, and staff until he came back with the kid.  However, when Judah sent the payment through the hand of his friend, he could not find the harlot anywhere.  (10)

Three months later, Tamar was discovered to have been playing the part of a harlot, and Judah would have had her burnt until she revealed to him Judah’s signet, bracelet and staff meaning that the harlot Judah went to see was actually Tamar.  Therefore, Judah had two twin sons by her.  (11)

Twenty years later at the age of 41, Judah was sent to Egypt with his brothers (except Benjamin) to buy corn since there was a severe famine in Canaan.

Upon Judah’s return with his brothers back to Egypt fourteen months later, troubles began after Judah and his brothers had dined with the governor, and that was when Benjamin was accused of stealing the Governor’s cup.  However, the excitement didn’t really begin until the governor said that he would use Benjamin as a slave in his house.  (12)

Again, troubles began after Judah and his brothers had dined with the governor when Benjamin was accused of stealing the governor’s cup.  However, the excitement didn’t really begin until the governor said that he would use Benjamin as a slave in his house.  

This act grieved Judah and his brethren, but it wasn’t until the governor saw that the brothers were willing to fight for their younger brother (especially Judah) that he revealed himself to them that Zaphnathpaaneah was actually Joseph.

This act both gladdened and frightens Judah. (13)

Judah was able to return home with all his brethren telling Jacob the glad tidings in which they made the trip back to Egypt with the whole family, and was able to witness the joyous reunion of father and son in Egypt.  (14)

Seventeen years later, when Judah was 60, his father died and requested to be buried in the Cave of Machpelah, but the funeral procession was halted for short time while by Judah’s Uncle Esau.  (15)

Because of the battle at the Cave of Machpelach, another one ensued with the Edomites in which some Edomites were taken captive and taken to Egypt.  Having captive Edomites in Egypt for slaves to the Israelites was considered a shame to the Edomites, so war was waged against the Children of Jacob as well as the Egyptians, but the Edomites ended up losing the battle the third time.  (16)

After Judah had lived in Egypt for 86 years, he died at the age of 129.  (17)

 

More About Judah:

Burial: 1387BC near Bethlehem, Canaan

 

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Notes for Tamar:

Her name in Hebrew is: תמר Tâmâr (taw-mawr’) Strongs #: 8559; a palm tree.

According to Jash. 45:23 we are told that Tamar is the daughter of Elam who is the son of Shem, and if that is the case, Judah would have chosen a first cousin (11 times removed) of his son, which would have made Tamar extremely old.  Therefore, it can be surmised that Tamar was a descendant of Elam and not a daughter.

First mention of Tamar is in Genesis 38:6 when Judah chose her to be the wife for his son Er.  (18)

When Er suddenly died, Judah suggested that Tamar marry his other son Onan, but Onan didn’t want to bring seed up for his brother, so Yahvah struck him down for his evil.  The next son that Tamar was to marry was Shelah, but the boy was too young.  Therefore, Judah had Tamar wait at her father’s house until Shelah was old enough.  (19)

However, Judah refrained from giving Shelah to Tamar to marry peradventure Shelah should also die.  (20)

Tamar knew that she needed to do something for Judah was not fulfilling his part of the bargain when she saw that Shelah had become old enough for marriage, so she dressed herself as a harlot and waited for Judah since she knew that he had gone to shear sheep and he would be passing by.

When Judah did come by, he came in unto her not recognizing who she really was, and for a pledge (until she got her payment) was to be Judah’s bracelets, signet and staff.  As soon as Judah left to fetch a kid of the goats, Tamar also left the premises taking Judah’s stuff with her.  (21)

Three months later, it was suspected that Tamar had been playing the part of the harlot and it was decided that she should be burnt.  However, Tamar showed to Judah his bracelet, signet and staff which saved her from death.  (22)

This act is what started the lines of the Kings of Judah, Scotland and England!

Tamar is no longer mentioned in Genesis or Jasher, but it could be guessed that she went with Judah to Egypt.

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Notes for Er:

His name in Hebrew is: ער `Êr (ayr) Strongs #: 6147; watchful.

The first mention of Er is when his father, Judah, deemed Er old enough to marry. [The author calculates his age to be near ten years old].  Judah chose for Er's wife to be Tamar.  However, through Er's wickedness after the marriage, Yahvah slew Er, and Tamar was passed on to Er's younger brother Onan to pass on Er's name.  (23)

 

Notes for Onan:

His name in Hebrew is: אונן ‘Ônân (o-nawn’) Strongs #: 209; strong.

After the death of Onan's older brother, Er, Onan was given Er's wife, Tamar, so he could raise seed to continue on his deceased brother's name.  However, Onan was about as wicked as his older brother so he spilled his seed upon the ground so as to not have a child for his brother.  [The author calculates that Onan may have been about nine years old at this time.]  Because of Onan's wickedness, Yahvah also slew Onan.

After the death of Onan, Tamar was suppose to be given to Onan's younger brother, Shelah, but he was way too young to be given in marriage at the time.  (24)