Gad (son of Jacob)
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Son of Jacob by Leah’s maidservant Zilpah; father of one of the 12 tribes (Gen 30:11; 35:26; 46:16; 49:19; Exod 1:4; 1 Chr 2:2). For information on the tribes of Israel, see this article: Israel, Tribes of.
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
GAD (PERSON) [Heb gād (גָּד)]. GADITE. Two persons bear this name in the Hebrew Bible.1. The son of Jacob, and therefore eponymous ancestor of the tribe of Gad. His mother was Bilhah, Leah’s handmaiden (Gen 30:11). The etymology of the name “Gad” is not clear. Although some suggest a derivation from
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Gad (Person). 1. One of the 12 sons of Jacob (Gn 35:26; 1 Chr 2:2). He was the first of the two sons born to Jacob by Zilpah, Leah’s maid. Delighted with giving Jacob another son, Leah named the boy Gad, meaning “good fortune” (30:11). Later he moved his family with Jacob to Egypt (Ex 1:4). When Jacob
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
GAD 1. Gad, son of Jacob; Gadites. The seventh son of Jacob by Zilpah, Leah’s maid (Gen 30:9–10). At his birth Leah said, “A troop cometh: and she called his name Gad” (Gen 30:11). The reference to “troop” was prophetic of the high spirit and valor which characterized the descendants of Gad. This seems
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
GAD (‘good fortune’). 1. The seventh son of Jacob, his first by Leah’s maid Zilpah (Gn. 30:10–11). Gad himself already had seven sons when Jacob and his family entered Egypt (Gn. 46:16); Jacob promised Gad’s descendants a troubled life, but foretold that they would hit back (Gn. 49:19). They recur later
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Gad (Heb. gāḏ) (PERSON)1. The son of Jacob and Zilpah, Leah’s handmaiden. The verbal root gdd means “to cut off,” but Leah’s welcoming of Gad’s birth in Gen. 30:11 indicates that name may mean “fortune”; other references suggest “troop” or “marauding band” (Gen. 49:19), “crouching lion” (Deut. 33:20),
Catholic Bible Dictionary
GAD The son of Jacob and Zilpah, Leah’s handmaiden (Gen 30:11); the ancestor of the tribe of Gad. The etymological origins of his name are not known with certainty. The warriors of Gad were distinguished for their military skill and their courage, as predicted by Jacob (Gen 49:19; cf. Deut 33:20–21).
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
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