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Naphtali
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Naphtali, Son of Jacob
Naphtali, Son of Jacob (נַפְתָּלִי‎, naphtaliy; Νεφθαλίμ, Nephthalim). A son of Jacob and Bilhah (Gen 30:8. Forefather of one of the 12 tribes of Israel (e.g., Num 2:29). For information on the tribe of Naphtali, see this article: Naphtali, Tribe of. For information on the 12 tribes, see this article:
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Naphtali (Person)
NAPHTALI (PERSON) [Heb naptālı̂ (נַפְתָּלִי)]. The sixth son of Jacob and the second son of Bilhah, Rachel’s servant, and the eponymous ancestor of the tribe Naphtali. Naphtali is born to Bilhah and Jacob after Rachel suggests to her husband that he should have children by her servant. She is driven
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Naphtali (Person)
Naphtali (Person). One of Jacob’s 12 sons (Gn 35:25; 1 Chr 2:2). He was the 2nd of 2 sons borne to Jacob by Bilhah, Rachel’s maid. Overjoyed with giving Jacob another son, Rachel named the boy Naphtali, meaning “my wrestling,” for her conflict with Leah—“with mighty wrestlings I have wrestled with my
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Naphtali
Naphtali nafʹtə-lī [Heb nap̱tālî—‘wrestling’; Gk Nephthali, Nephthalim]; AV Apoc. NEPHTHALI; NT NEPHTHALIM. The fifth son of Jacob—the second born to him by Rachel’s handmaid Bilhah—and the tribe named for him. He was a full brother of Dan (Gen. 30:6–8). At his birth Rachel is said to have exclaimed,
Nephthali
Nephthali nefʹthə-lī (AV Apoc.); NEPHTHALIM nefʹthə-lim (AV NT). See Naphtali.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Naphtali (Person)
NAPHTALI (Person) One of Jacob’s 12 sons (Gn 35:25; 1 Chr 2:2). He was the second of two sons borne to Jacob by Bilhah, Rachel’s maid. Overjoyed with giving Jacob another son, Rachel named the boy Naphtali, meaning “my wrestling,” for her conflict with Leah—“with mighty wrestlings I have wrestled with
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Naphtali
Naphtali (naf´tuh-li; Heb., possibly “my wrestling”).1 The second son of Jacob and Bilhah (Gen. 30:7–8). The story of his birth is told against a backdrop of competition between Leah and Rachel, Jacob’s two wives. Although Rachel was clearly Jacob’s favorite wife, she remained infertile for a time during
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Naphtali
NAPHTALI. The sixth son of Jacob and second of the two sons by Bilhah, Rachel’s maid (Gen 30:4–8; 35:25). Dan was his older full brother. Naphtali was given his name, which may be interpreted as “my wrestling,” because Rachel had wrestled about her sister Leah bearing children while she herself remained
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Naphtali
NAPHTALI (Heb. nap̱tālî, ‘wrestler’). The sixth son of Jacob, and the second son of Bilhah, Rachel’s maidservant: the younger brother of Dan, with whom he is usually associated (Gn. 30:5–8). In the Blessing of Jacob he is described as ‘a hind let loose’ which may allude to either his agility or his
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Naphtali
Naphtali (Heb. nap̱tālɩ̂)The sixth son of Jacob, the second born by Bilhah, Rachel’s handmaiden. His birth narrative is recorded in Gen. 30:1–8. Jacob’s first four sons were born to him by Leah, and the barren Rachel was jealous. Rachel offered her servant Bilhah to Jacob as a wife; any children conceived
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Naphtali
Naphtali [năfˊtə lē] (Heb. nap̱tālî “wrestler”).† The sixth son of Jacob, and his second son by Bilhah, Rachel’s maid (Gen. 30:7–8); father of Jahzeel, Guni, Jezer, and Shillem (46:24). Jacob’s blessing (“a hind let loose …”; EB “a spreading terebinth”) alludes to the beauty and fruitfulness
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Naphtali
NAPHTALI The sixth son of Jacob and the second born to his concubine Bilhah (Gen 30:8); he was the ancestor of the tribe of Naphtali (Gen 49:21; Deut 33:23). Jacob’s wife Rachel was barren, and she urged Jacob to have children by Bilhah (Rachel’s sister, Leah, had by then given birth to four sons). The
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Naphtali
Naph´tali (wrestling), the fifth son of Jacob; the second child borne to him by Bilhah, Rachel’s slave. His birth and the bestowal of his name are recorded in Gen. 30:8. When the census was taken at Mount Sinai the tribe of Naphtali numbered no less than 53,400 fighting men, Num. 1:43; 2:30; but when
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Jacob Father
Bilhah Mother
Joseph Brother
Judah Brother
Reuben Brother
Benjamin Brother
Levi Brother
Gad Brother
Simeon Brother
Asher Brother
Zebulun Brother
Issachar Brother
Dan Brother
Jacob’s Son Brother
Dinah Sister
Shillem Son
Guni Son
Jezer Son
Jahzeel Son
Isaac Grandfather
Esau Uncle
Laban Grandfather
Laban Grandson
Rebekah Grandmother
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Zerah Nephew
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Er Nephew
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Onan Nephew
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Hezron Nephew
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Bela Nephew
Beriah Nephew
Tola Nephew
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Imnah Nephew
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Eliphaz Cousin
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Korah Cousin
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Areli Nephew
Shuni Nephew
Haggi Nephew
Sered Nephew
Jeush Cousin
Ahiram Nephew
Serah Niece
Gera Nephew
Shobal Nephew
Ezbon Nephew
Becher Nephew
Jalam Cousin
Reuel Cousin
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Rosh Nephew
Ard Nephew
Ziphion Nephew
Muppim Nephew
Jahleel Nephew
Ehi Nephew
Arodi Nephew
Ozni Nephew
Zephon Nephew
Eliab Nephew
Jediael Nephew
Jarib Nephew
Rapha Nephew
Nohah Nephew
Bohan Nephew
Aharah Nephew
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