Names in Genesis
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A keeper of flocks; killed by his brother Cain
God changed his name from Abram as a blessing.
From Hebrew adam (man) and adama (ground)
By Zilpah maidservant of Leah
Also Daughter of Ishmael and sister of Nebaioth
A tiller of the soil; murdered his brother Abel , from Hebrew words qayin (Cain) and qanti (I have produced)
His name means God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction.
From Hebrew ishsha (woman) and ishah (her man, her husband)
The ancestor of all who dwell in tents and keep cattle
The ancestor of all who play the lyre and the pipe
His name means God has made me forget entirely the sufferings I endured at the hands of my family.
He bought Joseph from the Midianites after his brothers had sold him to the Midianites
As a blessing as the mother of many nations
– after Er’s death Onan married Tamar his sister-in-law
The ancestor of all who forge instruments of bronze and iron.
Joseph became pharaoh's favorite because he had the ability to interpret dreams.
Facts contributed by:
Allan R. Matthes