Ashhur (1 Chr 4:5-4:7)

“Ashhur, father of Tekoa, had two wives, named Helah and Naarah. The four sons of Naarah were Ahuzzam, Hepher, Temeni, and Haahashtari. The sons of Helah were Zereth, Izhar, and Ethnan.”

Ashhur was the son of Caleb, when he had sex with his father’s wife after his father’s death. Ashhur’s son Tekoa is really a place rather than a person as mentioned in 2 Samuel, chapter 14. Otherwise we know very little about Ashhur and Tekoa other than in chapter 2 of this book. Ashhur had 2 wives who bore him 7 sons. The 2 wives, Helah and Naarah, only appear here, but there is a place named Naarah in Joshua, chapter 16. This is the only mention of Ahuzzam, Temeni, and Haahashtari. However, Hepher appears as the name of 3 different people. Perhaps this Hepher is the same as the one mentioned in Numbers, chapter 26, and Joshua, chapter 17. Hepher is the man who gave the name to the family of the Hepherites. He is the one who only had daughters and no sons, but he was the son of Gilead. Zereth and Ethnan are only mentioned here. There was a more famous Izhar, who was a Levite uncle of Moses and Aaron mentioned in Numbers, chapters 3 and 16, whose family became known as the Izeharites.

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