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Mahalath (daughter of Ishmael)
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A wife of Esau (Gen 28:9). Esau marries Mahalath after learning that his parents are displeased with his Canaanite wives (Gen 28:8–9). Mahalath is Esau’s first cousin, the daughter of his uncle Ishmael and the sister of his cousin Nebaioth. In Genesis 36:3, one of Esau’s wives is also identified as the daughter of Ishmael and the sister of Nebaioth, but she is called Basemath. Another of Esau’s wives, a Hittite mentioned in Gen 26:34, was also called Basemath. 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
Mahalath, Daughter of Ishmael
Mahalath, Daughter of Ishmael (מָחֲלַת‎, machalath). A wife of Esau (Gen 28:9). Esau marries Mahalath after learning that his parents are displeased with his Canaanite wives (Gen 28:8–9). Mahalath is Esau’s first cousin, the daughter of his uncle Ishmael and the sister of his cousin Nebaioth. In Genesis
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Mahalath (Person)
MAHALATH (PERSON) [Heb māḥălat (מָחֲלַת‎)]. 1. Wife of Esau, daughter of Ishmael, sister of Nebaioth (Gen 28:9). Mahalath’s name occurs in the P narrative of Jacob’s departure (Gen 27:46–28:9). In response to Rebekah’s complaints about Esau’s Hittite wives (27:46), Isaac instructs Jacob to take a wife
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Mahalath (Person)
Mahalath (Person). 1. Daughter of Ishmael, Nebaioth’s sister, Esau’s third wife, and Reuel’s mother (Gn 28:9); alternately called Basemath (kjv Bashemath) in Genesis 36:3–17.2. Jerimoth’s daughter and King Rehoboam’s first wife (2 Chr 11:18).
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Mahalath
1. The daughter of Ishmael and sister of Nebaioth whom Esau married because his father Isaac was displeased with his Canaanite wives (Gen. 28:9). See also Basemath 1.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Mahalath (Person)
MAHALATH (Person)1. Daughter of Ishmael, Nebaioth’s sister, Esau’s third wife, and Reuel’s mother (Gn 28:9); alternately called Basemath (kjv “Bashemath”) in Genesis 36:3–17.2. Jerimoth’s daughter and King Rehoboam’s first wife (2 Chr 11:18).
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Mahalath
Mahalath (may´huh-lath; Heb., “mild”).1 The granddaughter of Abraham, the daughter of Ishmael, and one of the wives of Esau (Gen. 28:9).2 The wife of King Rehoboam of Judah (ca. 922–915 bce) and the granddaughter of David (2 Chron. 11:18).3 A term of unknown significance that occurs in the titles
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Mahalath
MAHALATH. 1. One of the wives of Esau and daughter of Ishmael (Gen 28:9), called Basemath in Gen 36:3.2. One of the 18 wives of Rehoboam and granddaughter of David (2 Chr 11:18).3. A musical term found in the titles of Ps 53 and Ps 88, the meaning of which is uncertain.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Mahalath
Mahalath (Heb. maḥălaṯ) (also BASEMOTH)1. The daughter of Ishmael and one of Esau’s wives (Gen. 28:9). In Gen. 36:3 she is called Basemoth.2. The wife of King Rehoboam of Judah; daughter of David’s son Jerimoth and Abihail (2 Chr. 11:18)3. A cryptic term found in the superscriptions to Ps. 53,
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Mahalath
Ma´halath (stringed instrument), the daughter of Ishmael, and one of the wives of Esau. Gen. 28:9.
Mahalath
Ma´halath (stringed instrument), one of the eighteen wives of King Rehoboam, apparently his first. 2 Chron. 11:18 only. She was her husband’s cousin, being the daughter of King David’s son Jerimoth.
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Mahalath
MA´HALATH (maʹha-lath; “sickness”).1. The daughter of Ishmael and third wife of Esau (Gen. 28:9; 36:3; in the latter passage called Basemath).2. The granddaughter of David, daughter of Jerimoth, and wife of Rehoboam (2 Chron. 11:18), 926 b.c.3. Part of the title of Pss. 53 and 88. See Musical Terms.
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Mahalath
Mahalatha lute; lyre. (1.) The daughter of Ishmael, and third wife of Esau (Gen. 28:9); called also Bashemath (Gen. 36:3).(2.) The daughter of Jerimoth, who was one of David’s sons. She was one of Rehoboam’s wives (2 Chr. 11:18).
See also
Relatives
Ishmael Father
Isaac Father-In-Law
Rebekah Mother-In-Law
Hadad Brother
Mishma Brother
Mibsam Brother
Nebaioth Brother
Kedar Brother
Dumah Brother
Tema Brother
Massa Brother
Jetur Brother
Naphish Brother
Adbeel Brother
Kedemah Brother
Basemath Sister
Esau Husband
Jacob Cousin
Abraham Grandfather
Isaac Uncle
Esau Cousin
Hagar Grandmother
Midian Uncle
Reuel Nephew
Shuah Uncle
Jokshan Uncle
Zimran Uncle
Medan Uncle
Ishbak Uncle
Dedan Cousin
Ephah Cousin
Epher Cousin
Sheba Cousin
Enoch Cousin
Abida Cousin
Eldaah Cousin