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Hebrew: הַיְהֻדִיָּ֗ה —transliteration: Jehudijah or Yehudijah —meaning: a Jewess

This is a woman mentioned in 1 Chronicles 4:18. She was the wife of Mered, and is listed as the mother of his children.

The name Jehudijah is a feminine form of the Hebrew Jehudi or Yehudi (Hebrew: יְהוּדִי), meaning “Jew.”

Some rabbis say that this is not a proper name, but simply a noun, and interpret the passage as “his wife, the Jewess” rather than “his wife, Jehudijah,” and that it is referring to Pharaoh’s daughter, Bithiah, who is mentioned in the same passage and is said to have converted to Judaism.

As Bithiah was an Egyptian, it would have been worth noting that she was a Jewess.

The conservative Legacy Standard Bible agrees that “jehudijah” is a noun, not a proper name, but treats these women as two separate people, translating this passage as…

The sons of Ezrah were Jether, Mered, Epher, and Jalon. (And these are the sons of Bithia the daughter of Pharaoh, whom Mered took) and she conceived and bore Miriam, Shammai, and Ishbah the father of Eshtemoa. His Jewish wife bore Jered the father of Gedor, and Heber the father of Soco, and Jekuthiel the father of Zanoah. —1 Chronicles 4:17-18 LSB

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