The sons of Elpaal (1 Chr 8:17-8:18)

“Zebadiah, Meshullam, Hizki, Heber, Ishmerai, Izliah, and Jobab were the sons of Elpaal.”

Elpaal had 7 sons. This Elpaal may be the same as the Benjaminite who had 3 sons, Eber, Misham, and Shemed, who built the cities of Ono and Lod. (4) Heber or Eber may be the same. However, the other 6 sons are different. There were 9 people with the name of (1) Zebadiah, while 21 different biblical people had the name of (2) Meshullam. Who would have guessed that this was a popular name? On the other hand, this is the only time that the names of (3) Hizki, (5) Ishmerai, and (6) Izliah appear. There were at least 3 other people with the name of (7) Jobab.

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