The sons of Machir (1 Chr 7:16-7:17)

“Maacah the wife of Machir bore a son. She named him Peresh. The name of his brother was Sheresh. His sons were Ulam and Rakem. The son of Ulam was Bedan. These were the sons of Gilead son of Machir, son of Manasseh. His sister Hammolecheth bore Ishhod, Abiezer, and Mahlah. The sons of Shemida were Ahian, Shechem, Likhi, and Aniam.”

This is the only mention of Peresh and Sheresh, who would be brothers of Gilead. The sons of Sheresh were Ulam and Rakem, who also are only mentioned here, although there is another person with the name of Ulam. Bedan was the son of Ulam. This is the only mention of Hammolecheth, the sister of Gilead, and her son (1) Ishhod. This may be loosely based on Joshua, chapter 7. (2) Abiezer is here a son of Hammolecheth, while in Joshua he was the son of Gilead. (2) Mahlah was the daughter of Zelophehad, not Hammolecheth. This biblical author was not in step with Joshua. Shemida was the son of Gilead, as was Shechem, who is here the son of Shemida instead of his brother. On the other hand Shechem’s 3 brothers Ahiam, Likhi, and Aniam are only mentioned here.


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