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Hebrew: תִּמְנָע —transliteration: Timna —meaning: “restraint” or “holding in check” —from a root word meaning: “to restrain,” “to allot,” “to divide”

also known as: Timmna and Timnah, Timnath

This is the name of 2 biblical women, a man and 2 cities.

  1. Timna, a concubine of Eliphaz, son of Esau

    Her son was Amalek (Genesis 36:12).

  2. Timna, daughter of Seir and sister of Lotan (Genesis 36:22; 1 Chronicles 1:39)

    They were Horites.

  3. Timna, a chief, duke or sheik of Edom

    He is a grandson of Esau and a son of Eliphaz (Genesis 36:40; 1 Chronicles 1:36, 51).

  4. Timna, a town of Judah (Joshua 15:10)

    Samson married a Philistine woman here and asked a riddle here about a lion and honey (Judges 14).

    “The Philistines took possession of it in the days of Ahaz (2 Chronicles 28:18). It was about 20 miles west of Jerusalem. It has been identified with Timnatha of Dan (Joshua 19:43), and also with Timnath (Judges 14:1,5)” (Matthew G. Easton).

  5. Timna, a city in Judah (Josh.15:57) and probably the same city (Timnath) to which Judah traveled to visit his sheepshearers and had illicit sex with Tamar his daughter-in-law (Genesis 38:12-14)

    This city is identified with Tibna near Jeba.

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Article Version: June 17, 2019