The sons of Jediael (1 Chr 7:10-7:11)

“The son of Jediael was Bilhan. The sons of Bilhan were Jeush, Benjamin, Ehud, Chenaanah, Zethan, Tarshish, and Ahishahar. All these were the sons of Jediael according to the heads of their ancestral houses, mighty warriors, seventeen thousand and two hundred, ready for service in war.”

First, there is the question is this Jediael or Ashbel, or are they the same? There are 2 other biblical people with the same name as Jediael. Did this biblical writer try to eliminate all names that hinted at Baal? This guy had a son named Bilhan, who had 7 sons. The only other Bilhan was a Horite, so that there can be no confusion about him.   4 others have the same name as (1) Jeush. (2) Benjamin is of course the famous son of Jacob whose name appears more than 140 times. It is surprising how few people take the name of their ancestral father. This (3) Ehud, the great grandson of Benjamin might be the same Ehud that was the 2nd judge in Judges, chapter 3. He was a Benjaminite, but the son of Gera. The only other (4) Chenaanah was the father of the false prophet in 1 Kings, chapter 22. (6) Tarshish was the name of a town outside of Canaan. (5) Zethan and (7) Ahishahar only appear here. These sons of Jediael or the Ashbelites have over 17, 200 warriors, once again assuming that this is the time of David.

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