Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the Day

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Today’s Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the Day: Caleb’s clan (1 Chronicles 2:42-50).

The sons of Caleb brother of Jerahmeel: Mesha his firstborn, who was father of Ziph. The sons of Mareshah father of Hebron. The sons of Hebron: Korah, Tappuah, Rekem, and Shema. Shema became father of Raham, father of Jorkeam; and Rekem became the father of Shammai. The son of Shammai: Maon; and Maon was the father of Beth-zur. Ephah also, Caleb’s concubine, bore Haran, Moza, and Gazez; and Haran became the father of Gazez. The sons of Jahdai: Regem, Jotham, Geshan, Pelet, Ephah, and Shaaph. Maacah, Caleb’s concubine, bore Sheber and Tirhanah. She also bore Shaaph father of Madmannah, Sheva father of Machbenah and father of Gibea; and the daughter of Caleb was Achsah. These were the descendants of Caleb.

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  • glendanowakowsk

    I really could use a family tree diagram on this one.

  • LoneWolf343

    Here’s one I like to see more on: Supposedly, in the book of Ruth, when Ruth “laid at the feet” of Boaz, it was a euphemism for something dirtier.

  • I can just hear “Okay, now how do you spell that?” when the family is dealing with medical/school records.

  • Deborah Moore

    He ran that one some time ago.

  • Caleb and Haran were both Gazez’s father? 

    So if Gazez had two fathers and was borne by a woman, doesn’t that make him Nicky Shumard Peak?

  • P J Evans

     It was making me want to stuff it into my genealogy program. (Along with muttering ‘oh, that’s where that name came from’.)

  • P J Evans

     I red it as Gazez, son of Caleb, and another  Gazez, son of Haran.

  • Cathy W

    Likewise on both points. “Achsah” turned up in my family tree at one point, and got carried on for a few generations (although it turned into “Axie” as the years went by). Until I read this just now, I would have thought “Achsah” was the misspelling…

  •  No, no – Haran had sex with his mom (Ephah), and Gazez is their incestuous lovechild…

  • Lone Wolf- that’s what they taught me in my college and seminary Hebrew classes!  It’s an idiom, though, not just a straight translation thing, so the translators aren’t lying to you, they’re just going with the euphemism in the text.

  • As Oedipus said to Jocasta, “Incest is fine as long as you keep it in the family.”
    Okay, cue the tomatoes, eggs, dogshit.

  • EllieMurasaki

    I seem to recall that the exceedingly triggery story of Oedipus ended with Jocasta suiciding, Oedipus self-mutilating, and their (adult by the time anybody knew incest was in play) kids all dead too though I forget how.

  •  Two of them kill each other fighting over the throne, and his daughter commits suicide while in prison for burying her brother in defiance of local law (There were rules against burying people who led armed insurrections, even if they were royalty.

  • EllieMurasaki

    *nods* Thanks.

  •  As the Cliche Yiddish Grandmother said to the Freudian Psychoanalyst, “Oedepus Complex, Schmedipus Complex, as long as the boy loves his mother.”

  • Cathy W

    …I actually looked up a clearer translation of the passage, and my first thought wasn’t wrong: this Jahdai guy comes out of nowhere. No explanation of how he’s connected. Also, there’s a concubine named Ephah and a son named Ephah – a unisex name? How odd.

  • Erp

    Some have suggested that Jahdai is another concubine; however, I’m not sure whether that has any scholarly underpinning.    I suspect these lists are one area where copying errors creep in. 

    1. Mesha
    1.1. Ziph
    by Ephah, his concubine
    1.2. Haran
    1.2.1. Gazez
    1.3. Moza
    1.4. Gazez
    by Maacah, his concubine
    1.5. Sheber
    1.6. Tirhanah
    1.7. Shaaph
    1.7.1. Madmannah
    1.8. Shev
    1.8.1. Machbenah
    1.8.2. Gibea
    1.9. Achsah (married, according Judges, to her cousin Othniel)

    1. Regem
    2. Jotham
    3. Geshan
    4. Pelet
    5. Ephah
    6. Shaaph

    1. Hebron
    1.1. Korah
    1.2. Tappuah
    1.3. Rekem
    1.3.1. Shammai Maon Beth-zur
    1.4. Shema
    1.4.1. Raham Jorkeam

  • LoneWolf343

     Aww, must have missed it.

  • Amaryllis

    So why are the names of Caleb’s concubines given, but not the name of his wife? Did Caleb produce Mesha all by himself?

    I suppose it’s a case of the old precept, “a man and his [primary] wife are one body, and that body is the man.”