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Adah (wife of Esau)
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A wife of Esau and mother of Eliphaz (Gen 36:2, 4, 10, 16). Adah is identified as a “Hittite,” referring to a native Canaanite people descended from Heth, son of Canaan (Deut 7:1; 1 Chr 1:13). Isaac and Rebekah, daughter of Bethuel, disliked the fact that Esau had married local women (Gen 26:35). That two of Esau’s wives were native Canaanites is evident from Gen 27:46, where Rebekah calls them “daughters of the land.” Adah may be the same “daughter of Elon” called Basemath in Gen 26:34. For further discussion of the issues related to identifying Esau’s wives, see the article on Judith, Daughter of Beeri.
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Adah, Daughter of Elon
Adah, Daughter of Elon (עָדָה‎, adah). A wife of Esau and mother of Eliphaz (Gen 36:2, 4, 10, 16). Adah is identified as a “Hittite,” referring to a native Canaanite people descended from Heth, son of Canaan (Deut 7:1; 1 Chr 1:13). Isaac and Rebekah, daughter of Bethuel, disliked the fact that Esau had
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Adah (Person)
ADAH (PERSON) [Heb ʿādâ (עָדָה)]. The name “Adah” seems to have been common in the ancient Semitic world (compare Minaean ʿdt [?]; Thamudic ʿdh/ʿdy; Safaitic ʿdʾ/ʿdy; Aramaic ʿdyh; Neo-Punic ʿdyt [?]; Syrian ʿaddā/ʿiddô; Samaritan ʿāda; Nabataean ʿdyw; and Arabic ʿaddijj). It appears to be the shortened
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Adah
Adah. 1. One of Lamech’s two wives, and mother of two sons, Jabal and Jubal (Gn 4:19–21, 23).2. Esau’s first wife, daughter of Elon the Hittite and mother of Eliphaz (Gn 36:2–16). She is perhaps also called Basemath in Genesis 26:34.See Basemath #1.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Adah (wife of Esau)
2. The Hittite wife of Esau; the daughter of Elon and mother of Eliphaz (Gen. 36:2ff).
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Adah
ADAH1. One of Lamech’s two wives, and mother of two sons, Jabal and Jubal (Gn 4:19–21, 23).2. Esau’s first wife, daughter of Elon the Hittite and mother of Eliphaz (Gn 36:2–16).
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Adah
Adah (ay´duh; Heb., “ornament”).1 Lamech’s first wife, the mother of Jabal and Jubal (Gen. 4:19–20, 23).2 The Hittite wife of Esau, the mother of Eliphaz (Gen. 36:2, 4; cf. 26:34).
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Adah
ADAH1. One of the two wives of Lamech (Gen 4:19–23), the mother of two famous sons, Jabal and Jubal.2. Esau had a Hittite wife by the name of Adah who was the mother of his son Eliphaz (Gen 36:2–16).
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Adah
ADAH. (Heb. ’āḏā, meaning uncertain). 1. One of the wives of Lamech and mother of Jabal and Jubal (Gn. 4:19ff.).2. One of the wives of Esau, daughter of Elon a Hittite and mother of Eliphaz (Gn. 36:2ff.).T. C. Mitchell.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Adah
Adah (Heb. ʿāḏâ)1. One of the two wives of Lamech the Cainite. She was the mother of Jabal and Jubal (Gen. 4:19–21, 23).2. A wife of Esau. She was the daughter of Elon the Hittite and mother of Eliphaz (Gen. 36:2, 4).
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Adah
ADAH (Hebrew, “ornament”) The name of two women in the book of Genesis.1. One of the two wives of Lamech (Gen 4:19). She was the mother of Jabal and Jubal (Gen 4:21–23).2. The daughter of Elon the Hittite and the wife of Esau (Gen 36:2, 4, 10, 12, 16).
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Adah
A´dah (ornament, beauty).1. The first of the two wives of Lamech, by whom were borne to him Jabal and Jubal. Gen. 4:19. (b.c. 3600.)2. A Hittitess, one of the three wives of Esau, mother of Eliphaz. Gen. 36:2, 10, 12, 16. In Gen. 26:34 she is called Bashemath. (b.c. 1797.)
See also
Relatives
Elon Father
Isaac Father-In-Law
Rebekah Mother-In-Law
Esau Husband
Eliphaz Son
Timna Daughter-In-Law
Amalek Grandson
Kenaz Grandson
Timna Grandson
Korah Grandson
Gatam Grandson
Teman Grandson
Zepho Grandson
Omar Grandson