The concubines of Caleb (1 Chr 2:46-2:50)

“Ephah also, Caleb’s concubine, bore Haran, Moza, and Gazez. Haran became the father of Gazez. The sons of Jahdai were Regem, Jotham, Geshan, Pelet, Ephah, and Shaaph. Maacah, Caleb’s concubine, bore Sheber and Tirhanah. She also bore Shaaph the father of Madmannah, Sheva the father of Machbenah and the father of Gibea. The daughter of Caleb was Achsah. These were the descendants of Caleb.”

Caleb had at least 3 concubines. (1) Ephah had 3 sons Haran, Moza, and Gazez. Haran was the name of Abraham’s younger brother and also a place in Mesopotamia, where Abraham’s brother stayed, probably named after him. There was another Moza who was the descendent of Saul. Haran was the father of Gazez, but I thought that was his brother. Perhaps he named his son after his brother, but this is the only mention of Gazez in the biblical literature. The sons of the concubine (2) Jahdai were Regem, Jotham, Geshan, Pelet, Ephah, and Shaaph, only mentioned here, with the exception of Ephah. Ephah was a place supposedly names after the grandson of Abraham and son of Midian as well as the name of Caleb’s other concubine. However Shaaph was the father of Madmannah, which was the name of town near Gaza. Sheva was the brother of Madmannah and the father of Machbenah, who became the father of Gibea. Sheva was the name of one of David’s scribes, while this is the only mention of Machbenah and Gibea in biblical literature. (3) Maacah, the 3rd concubine, bore Sheber and Tirhanah, who were only mentioned here. There were other people with the name Maacah, but also a small country beside Palestine as in 2 Samuel, chapter 10. As if to not neglect women there is a mention that the daughter of Caleb was Achsah, who was given as a prize in Joshua, chapter 15. Finally, I think we are done with Caleb and his descendents.