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also known as: Basemath and Mahalath

Hebrew: בָּשְׂמַת —transliteration: Bashemath or Basemath —meaning: perfume; sweet-smelling

This is the name of 2 biblical women.

  1. Basemath, the 3rd wife of Esau

    She was the daughter of Ishmael and the last of Esau’s three wives (Genesis 36:3-4; 36:13), from whose son Reuel four tribes of the Edomites sprung.

    She is also called Mahalath (Genesis 28:9).

    It is noteworth that Esau’s three wives receive different names in the genealogical table of the Edomites (Genesis 36) from those given to them in the history (Genesis 26:34; 28:9).

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  2. Basemath, a princess — daughter of King Solomon

    She was the wife of Ahimaaz, one of Solomon’s deputies (1 Kings 4:15).

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Article Version: September 27, 2021