List of minor Biblical figures


List of minor Biblical figures

This list contains persons named in the Bible of minor notability, about whom either nothing or very little is known, aside from any family connections.

A

Abdeel

In . "Abimael" means "my father is God".

Adah

Adah () (according to Easton's Bible Dictionary). She was the mother of Eliphaz, Esau's firstborn, and the ancestress of the Edomites.

The Order of the Eastern Star considers Adah also to be the name of the daughter of Jephthah, although the Bible does not name her.

Adina

In and , Alvah is a chief of Edom and a descendant of Esau. In , whose chariots were famed for their swiftness. It is rendered in the margin “my willing people,” and in the Revised Version “my princely people.”

Ammizabad

Ammizabad was the son of Benaiah, who was the third and chief captain of the host under David ( [http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Chronicles%2027:6 1 Chronicles 27:6] ).

Amzi

"'Amzi" ('am-tsee') is a masculine Hebrew name meaning "my strength" or "strong." Two individuals with this name are mentioned in the Bible:

* and .

Asriel

Asriel was a son of Manasseh according to , , and .

Assir

Assir was a son of Korah of the house of Levi according to , born in Egypt.

Azzan

Azzan was the father of Paltiel, a prince of the Tribe of Issachar. ().

B

Baanah

Baanah the Netophathite was the father of Heleb, one of King David's Warriors (, ).

Baara

Baara was one of the three wives of Shaharaim, according to .

Barachel

Barachel was a Buzite, and was the father of Elihu, an antagonist of Job, according to .

Barzillai

Barzillai the Gileadite of Rogelim was 80 years old at the time of Absalom's revolt against King David. Barzillai supplied provisions for David's army at Mahanaim (). After the death of Absalom, Barzillai, being an old man, was unable to accompany the king back to Jerusalem, but brought Chimham to David for the return journey ().

Becher

Becher was the name of two individuals mentioned in the Bible:
*The second of ten sons of Benjamin according to and
*A son of Ephraim according to . His descendants were referred to as Bachrites.

Bechorath

Bechorath, son of Aphiah, of the tribe of Benjamin, was an ancestor of King Saul and of his commander Abner. According to Saul, his family was the least of the tribe of Benjamin. ()

Bela

Bela was the name of three individuals mentioned in the Bible:
*Bela ben Beor, an Edomite king according to and
*(also Belah) The first of ten sons of Benjamin according to , , and .
*A son of Azaz according to

Beriah

Beriah is the name of four different Biblical individuals:
*One of Asher's four sons, and father of Heber and Malchiel. ()
*A son of Ephraim ()
*The head of a family that came up from the Babylonian exile with Zerubbabel, that was unable to give its ancestral genealogy. () He is probably identical to the previous entry.

Dibri

Dibri of the house of Dan was the father of Shelomith according to . Shelomith's son was stoned to death for blasphemy.

Diklah

Diklah was a son of Joktan according to ,.

E

Eglah

Eglah was one of David's wives and the mother of Ithream according to .

Ehi

In he is called Ahiram.

Eliasaph

Eliasaph was the name of two individuals mentioned in the Bible:
*The son of Deuel and the prince of the Tribe of Gad according to .
*The son of Lael and the chief of the house of Gershon according to .

Elidad

Elidad Prince of the tribe of Benjamin; one of those appointed by Moses to superintend the division of Canaan amongst the tribe ().

Elishama

Elishama was a son of Ammihud and a prince of the house of Ephraim according to .

Elisheba

Elisheba ("God is my oath", cognate to the name Elizabeth) is the wife of Aaron and sister-in-law of Moses. Her sons were Nadab, Abihu, Eleazer and Ithamar. (Exodus 6:23).

Elizaphan

Elizaphan Prince of the tribe of Zebulun; one of those appointed by Moses to superintend the division of Canaan amongst the tribe ().

Elizur

Elizur was a son of Shedeur and a prince of the house of Reuben according to .

Elon

Elon ()

Evi

Evi was one of five Midianite kings killed during the time of Moses by an Israelite expedition led by Phinehas, son of Eleazar according to and .

Ezbon

Ezbon is the name of two people mentioned in the Bible:
*A son of Gad ().

G

Gaddi

Gaddi, the son of Susi of the house of Manasseh, was a scout sent to Canaan prior to the crossing of the Jordan River according to .

Gaddiel

Gaddiel, the son of Sodi of the house of Zebulun, was a scout sent to Canaan prior to the crossing of the Jordan River according to .

Gamul

Gamul ()
* Head of a family of priests after the Babylonian exile. Unable to prove their lineage, the family lost its priesthood status. (, )
*Head of a non-priestly family, with 320 members, which returned with Zerubbabel. () Harim's son Malchijah was one of those who helped repair the walls of Jerusalem, including the Tower of the Furnaces. (, ) The head of his family at the time of the return was Adna. ( and in , Hezron is a son of Reuben and the founder of the Hezronites.
*In ).

Hori

Hori of the house of Simeon was the father of Shaphat, a scout sent to Canaan prior to the crossing of the Jordan River according to .

Huppim

Huppim or Hupham was the ninth son of Benjamin in Genesis 46:21 and Numbers 26:39.

Hushim

Hushim or Shuham was a son of Dan according to and . He was one of the 70 souls to migrate to Egypt with Jacob.

I

Igal

Igal, the son of Joseph of the house of Issachar, was a scout sent to Canaan prior to the crossing of the Jordan River according to .

Ikkesh

Ikkesh the Tekoite was the father of Ira, one of King David's Warriors (, ).

Irad

In ) This family lived in Jerusalem. () His son was Jedaiah, one of the priests to resettle Jerusalem. ( Jabal is a descendant of Cain, the son of Lamech and Adah, brother of Jabal. His descendants were musicians. Author Robert A. Heinlein named one of the lead characters in his "Stranger in a Strange Land" "Jubal Harshaw".

K

Kelita

Kelita ("dwarf") was a Levite who assisted Ezra in expounding the law to the people. ()

Kemuel

Kemuel Prince of the tribe of Ephraim; one of those appointed by Moses to superintend the division of Canaan amongst the tribe ().

Keren-happuch

Keren-happuch ("horn of the face-paint" or "cosmetic-box") is the name of Job's third daughter () It is often conjectured that he was the head of an Arabian tribe.

M

Maaseiah

*One of the Levites whom David appointed as porter for the ark ; who were inferior in wisdom only to Solomon.

Malchiel

Malchiel was a son of Asher according to and . He was one of the 70 souls to migrate to Egypt with Jacob.

Malchi-shua

Heb. "King of help", one of the four sons of Saul )

Mash

Mash was a son of Aram according to .

Massa

Hebrew for a type of gift, one of the sons of Ishmael, the founder of an Arabian tribe ().

Mehetabel

Mehetabel ("Whom God benefits" or "God causes good") was the wife of Hadad, one of the kings of Edom ().

Melchi

"My king" The son of Addi, and father of Neri (), and thus grandson of Mephibosheth. Also related to a southwest Asian god, see Melech

Melea

Fullness, the son of Menan and father of Eliakim, in the genealogy of our Lord ( who had charge of the diet of the Hebrew youths.

Merab

"Increase", or "Majority", the eldest of Saul's two daughters (), to whom were sent the sacred vessels (), elsewhere called Mephibosheth () He was a temple gate-keeper in the time of David.

Meshillemoth

"Requitals". (1.) The father of Berechiah ().
# Grandfather of Shaphan, "the scribe," in the reign of Josiah (), in the reign of Ammon; called Shallum in ().
# One of two sons of Zerubbabel, the other being Hananiah. ().
# One of the leading Levites in the time of Ezra ().

Meshullemeth

"Friend", the wife of King Manasseh of Judah, and the mother of King Amon of Judah ((),().

Mibsam

"Fragrance"
* One of Ishmael's twelve sons, and head of an Arab tribe ().

Mijamin

Mijamin or Miamin ("from the right hand") is the name of three persons mentioned in the Bible:
* The head of the sixth of twenty four priestly divisions set up by King David. () In the time of Joiakim his family had joined with that of Moadiah, and was led by Piltai. He was also called Miniamin. ().
*(2.) A Benjamite ().

Milaiai

"Eloquent", a Levitical musician ().

Mithredath

Meaning "given by Mithra", or "dedicated to Mithra", i.e., the sun, the Hebrew form of the Persian name Mithridates.
* The "treasurer" of King Cyrus (). He was apparently a native of Cyprus, like Barnabas (().
* The son of Zimri, of the posterity of Saul (, Rephael () was the name of two individuals mentioned in the Bible:
*A son of Issachar according to and . He was one of the 70 souls to migrate to Egypt with Jacob.
* Tola (Judge of Israel), one of the judges of Israel.

Tubalcain

In , ), and was the progenitor of the Zephonites (). A Levite, Zuriel was chief prince of the Merarites at the time of the Exodus.

Zurishaddai

In , Zurishaddai ("Shaddai is my rock," i.e. my strength) was the father of Shelumiel, the prince of the Tribe of Simeon. He is mentioned in this context five times in the Book of Numbers.

See also

*List of Biblical figures
*List of burial places of biblical figures
*List of Biblical names
*List of minor Biblical tribes

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