Who is Queen…

also known as Tahapanes, Tahpanhes, Tehaphnehes, Tachpenes

Hebrew: תַּחְפְנֵיס

She was the wife of Pharaoh, who gave her sister in marriage to Hadad, a royal Edomite (1 Kings 11:19—20)—an enemy of King Solomon raised up against him by God due to his great sins (1 Kings 11:1-22).

And Hadad found great favor in the sight of Pharaoh, so that he gave him in marriage the sister of his own wife, the sister of Tahpenes the queen. And the sister of Tahpenes bore him Genubath his son, whom Tahpenes weaned in Pharaoh's house. And Genubath was in Pharaoh's house among the sons of Pharaoh.

But when Hadad heard in Egypt that David slept with his fathers and that Joab the commander of the army was dead, Hadad said to Pharaoh,

“Let me depart, that I may go to my own country.”

But Pharaoh said to him,

“What have you lacked with me that you are now seeking to go to your own country?”

And he said to him,

“Only let me depart.” —1 Kings 11:19-22 ESV

This is the only mention of the Eqyptian Queen Tahpenes in Scripture. Her husband’s and sister’s names are not recorded.

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Article Version: June 1, 2019