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Ahlai (descendant of Judah)
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A descendant of Judah and daughter of Sheshan (1 Chr 2:31–35). The formulaic and generic use of the phrase “sons of” (בְּנֵי‎, beney) in genealogies with the meaning “children of” has resulted in Ahlai being commonly listed as Sheshan’s “son” in English translations of 1 Chr 2:31 (e.g., ESV, LEB, NIV, NKJV, NRSV). However, the imprecise and formulaic nature of the list should be apparent from the fact that “sons of” is used each time in 1 Chr 2:31, even though only one descendant is listed for each person. The statement in 1 Chr 2:34 that “Sheshan had no sons” indicates that Ahlai was the daughter of Sheshan mentioned in 1 Chr 2:35. She was given in marriage to Sheshan’s Egyptian slave, Jarha (1 Chr 2:35). Sheshan’s daughter could be the same Ahlai whose son Zabad is named among David’s mighty men (1 Chr 11:41).
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Ahlai, Daughter of Sheshan
Ahlai, Daughter of Sheshan (אַחְלָי‎, achlay). A descendant of Judah and daughter of Sheshan (1 Chr 2:31–35). The formulaic and generic use of the phrase “sons of” (בְּנֵי‎, beney) in genealogies with the meaning “children of” has resulted in Ahlai being commonly listed as Sheshan’s “son” in English translations
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Ahlai (Person)
AHLAI (PERSON) [Heb ʾaḥlāy (אַחְלָי‎)]. 1. Although listed as a son of Sheshan (1 Chr 2:31), Ahlai probably was a daughter (in view of v 34) given in marriage to Sheshan’s Egyptian slave, Jarha (v 35). However, some scholars understand vv 34–41 as representing a different genealogical source and feel
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Ahlai
Ahlai. 1. Sheshan’s daughter, a member of Judah’s tribe (1 Chr 2:31, 34). In verse 31 some translations refer to Ahlai as a son.2. Zabad’s father or ancestor. Zabad was one of David’s mighty men who were known as “the thirty” (1 Chr 11:41).
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Ahlai (descendant of Judah)
1. A son of Sheshan (1 Ch. 2:31), or according to v 34 a daughter of Sheshan.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Ahlai
AHLAI1. Sheshan’s daughter, a member of Judah’s tribe (1 Chr 2:31, 34). In verse 31 some translations refer to Ahlai as a son.2. Zabad’s father or ancestor. Zabad was one of David’s mighty men who were known as “the thirty” (1 Chr 11:41).
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Ahlai
AHLAI1. The daughter of Sheshan (1 Chr 2:31, 34).2. The father of Zabad (1 Chr 11:41).
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Ahlai
Ahlai (Heb. ʾaḥlay)1. The daughter (“sons” at 1 Chr. 2:31 means “descendants”) of Sheshan of the tribe of Judah. Because her father had no male heirs, he gave her in marriage to his Egyptian slave Jarha (1 Chr. 2:34–35); they were the parents of Attai.2. The father of Zabad, one of David’s champions
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Ahlai
Ahla´i, or Ah´la-i (ornamental), daughter of Sheshan, whom, having no issue, he gave in marriage to his Egyptian slave Jarha. 1 Chron. 2:31, 35. From her were descended Zabad, one of David’s mighty men, 1 Chron. 11:41, and Azariah, one of the captains of hundreds in the reign of Joash. 2 Chron. 23:1.
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Ahlai
AH´LAI (aʹlī; “Oh that!”).1. The “son” of Sheshan, a descendant of Judah (1 Chron. 2:31). In v. 34 we read that Sheshan had “no sons, only daughters,” that he gave his Egyptian servant, Jarha, his daughter to be his wife, and that this daughter bore a son named Attai (vv. 34–35). Some suppose Ahlai
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Ahlai
AHLAI [A lih] — the name of two people in the Old Testament:1. One of several daughters of Sheshan (1 Chr. 2:31) and a descendant of Perez, Judah’s older son by Tamar (Matt. 1:3).2. The father of one of David’s mighty men (1 Chr. 11:41).
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
AHLAI
AHLAI<a’-li> ( אַחְלַי‎ [’achlay] “O would that!”):1. A Son of Sheshan (1 Chronicles 2:31) or according to 1 Chronicles 2:34 a daughter of Sheshan, for here we read: “Now Sheshan had no sons, but daughters.”2. The father of Zabad, a soldier in David’s army (1 Chronicles 11:41).
See also
Relatives
Sheshan Father
Ishi Grandfather