The sons of Tola (1 Chr 7:2-7:2)

“The sons of Tola were Uzzi, Rephaiah, Jeriel, Jahmai, Ibsam, and Shemuel, heads of their ancestral houses, namely of Tola. They were mighty warriors of their generations. They numbered in the days of David twenty-two thousand six hundred.”

Tola was the name of the first born of Issachar. Puah was the second son, but this biblical author does not follow him or his other 2 brothers, Jashub, and Shimron. Tola was the name of judge #6 in Judges, chapter 10. He was called a man of Issachar, and his father’s name was Puah, the name of the brother of the original Tola. However, he seems to rule or judge from Ephraim. These are the only mentions of Tola in the biblical literature. He had 6 sons who became the ancestral heads of this tribe. There are 7 different people with the name of (1) Uzzi. 5 different people had the name (2) Rephaiah, while 3 people shared the name of (6) Shemuel. However, (3) Jeriel, (4) Jahmai, and (5) Ibsam are only mentioned here. At the time of David, these mightily warriors or Tola numbered 22, 600 but there is no indication where this number comes from.

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