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Meaning: praise

Hebrew: יְהוּדָה

also known as: Juda and Yehudah

This was the name of various biblical men.

Judah, the 4th son of Jacob by Leah

The name originated in Leah's words of praise to the Lord on account of his birth:

“Now will I praise [Hebrew: odeh] Jehovah, and she called his name Yehudah” (Genesis 29:35).

It was Judah that interposed in behalf of Joseph, so that his life was spared (Genesis 37:26-27). He took a lead in the affairs of the family, and “prevailed above his brethren” (Genesis 43:3-10; 44:14, 16-34; 46:28; 1 Chronicles 5:2).

Soon after the sale of Joseph to the Ishmaelites, Judah went to reside at Adullam, where he married a woman of Canaan. (See ONAN or TAMAR.)

After the death of his wife Shuah, he returned to his father’s house, and there exercised much influence over the patriarch, taking a principal part in the events which led to the whole family at length going down into Egypt. We hear nothing more of him till he received his father's blessing (Genesis 49:8-12).



Adam (the first human) Seth Enos Cainan Mahalaleel Jared Enoch Methuselah Lamech NOAH Shem Arpachshad Shelah EBER (Heber) (patriarch of the Hebrew race) Peleg Reu Serug Nahor Terah ABRAHAM Isaac Jacob JUDAH Perez Hezron Ram Amminadab Nahshon Salmon Boaz Obed Jesse KING DAVID

Other biblical men named Judah

  1. Judah, a Levite who lived during the prophet Ezra’s time (Ezra 10:23)
  2. Judah, an over-seer of Jerusalem (Nehemiah 11:9)
  3. Judah, a Levite musician (Nehemiah 12:8)
  4. Judah, a Levite priest (Nehemiah 12:36)
  5. Juda/Judah/Joda, father of Semei (Luke 3:26 KJV / Luke 3:26 NKJV / Luke 3:26 NASB)

Other people and things named after Judah

Article Version: May 10, 2019