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Eber
A descendant of Shem and Noah (Genesis 10:21-25), and the eponymous ancestor of the Hebrew people. Ever translates from the Hebrew as meaning 'the other side', and Ivri, meaning 'Hebrew', denotes those who have come from 'ever ha-nachar' ('from the other side of the river'), i.e. from Charan, on the other side of the Euphrates, the home of Abraham and Nachor. Eber's impending destruction is alluded to in the prophecy of Balaam (Numbers 24:24).
Ebhal
Son of Shoval. Brother of Alvan, Manachath, Shefo and Onam.
Echi
Grandson of Jacob and son of Benjamin. Brother of Bela, Bekher, Ashbel, Gera, Naaman, Rosh, Muppim, Chuppim and Ard.
Edom, Edomites
Edom or Esau was the reputed ancestor of the Edomites, who were a tribe or group of tribes living in early biblical times in and around Mount Seir.That they were regarded as the near kinsmen of the Israelites has been said to be an accurate reflection of the difficult relationship between the Edomites and the Israelites, possibly stemming from Esau's conflict with his brother Jacob (Genesis 25:22-24; Genesis 27).
Elah
An Edomite chieftain (Genesis 36:41).
Elam, Elamites
Son of Shem and grandson of Noah. The Elamites were an ancient people living around the border between what is now southern Iraq and Iran.Chedorlaomer, king of Elam, is mentioned in Genesis 14.
Elda'ah
Son of Midian, brother of Eliphah, Epher, Enoch and Avidah.
Eldad
One of two young men who were given the gift of prophecy by God while the Israelites were in the wilderness during the latter part of the Exodus . Joshua complained to Moses that Eldad and Medad were speaking prophecy in the camp, but Moses replied that he wished that all of God's people were prophets (Numbers 11:26-29).
Eleazar
The third son of Aaron and Elisheva and nephew of Moses, Eleazar is remembered as the ancestor of the high priests. After his brothers Nadav and Avihu were killed by God for burning unauthorized incense to God (Leviticus 10:1).he accompanied Aaron and Moses with his younger brother Ithamar. He took part in Moses's census in Moab and became Aaron's successor as high priest when Aaron died on Mount Hor (Numbers 20:25-28).
Eliav
Leader of the tribe of Zebulun in the wilderness, son of Chelon. Eliav was one of the twelve princes representing each tribe who had directed the census (Numbers 1:9). His offerings to the Tabernacle are listed at Numbers 7:24-29.
Eliezer
1. Eliezer, or 'Damascus Eliezer' (a name possibly alluding to his origin) was Abraham's senior servant or steward (Genesis 15:2), and possibly was a Canaanite. Abraham complained to God that as he was childless, Eliezer would be the heir to his household. God promised Abraham that he would have a natural heir. He is also identified as being the anonymous servant whom Abraham sent to find a wife for Isaac in the land of his birth. He found Rebecca by waiting at a well for a girl to offer him and his camels a drink (Genesis 24). 2. Son of Moses by his wife Tzipporah (Exodus 18:4).
Eliezer (son of Moses)
Younger son of Moses and Tzipporah, named to commemorate the deliverance of Moses from Pharoah ('My father's God (El) was my Helper (Ezer), rescuing me from Pharoah's sword', Exodus 18:4).
Eliphah
Son of Midian, brother of Epher, Enoch, Avidah and Elda'ah.
Eliphaz
The first-born son of Esau by his wife Adah. He had six sons, one of whom was Amalek, born to his concubine Timna, who was the ancestral enemy of the Israelite people (Exodus 17:16; Deuteronomy 25:19).
Elishah
Son of Yavan and great-grandson of Noah. Mentioned as the ancestor of an unidentified Greek tribe.
Elishama
Leader of the tribe of Ephraim in the wilderness (Numbers 1:10). Son of Amihud, he was one of the princes representing each tribe who had directed the census. His offerings to the Tabernacle are listed at Numbers 7:48-53.
Elisheva
The wife of Aaron and sister-in-law of Moses, she was the daughter of Aminadav, a leader of the tribe of Judah .Elisheva and Aaron had four sons: Nadav, Avihu, Eleazar and Ithamar (Exodus 6:23).
Elitzur
Leader of the tribe of Reuben in the wilderness, son of Shedey-ur. Elitzur was one of the twelve princes representing each tribe who had directed the census (Numbers 1:5). His offerings to the Tabernacle are listed at Numbers 7:30-5.
Elkana
Descendant of Jacob. Son of Korach and brother of Assir and Aviasaf.
Elon
Grandson of Jacob and son of Zebulun. Brother of Sered and Yachle'el.
Elon the Hittite
Father of Adah, one of the wives of Esau.
Eltzafan
Descendant of Jacob. Son of Uzziel and brother of Mishael and Sithri.
Elyassaf
Leader of the tribe of Gad in the wilderness, son of Deuel. Elyassaf was one of the twelve princes representing each tribe who had directed the census (Numbers 1:14). His offerings to the Tabernacle are listed at Numbers 7:42-27.
Emim
A race of giants living to the east of the Dead Sea, mentioned at Genesis 14:5 as having been defeated by Chedorlaomer, and at Deuteronomy 2:10 as having been displaced by the Moabites.
Enoch
1. The eldest son of Cain and according to Genesis 4:17,18, a grandson of Adam and Eve.
2. Son of Yered and a descendant of Seth.The father of Methuselah, who according to legend 'walked with God, and he was no more, because God had taken him.' (Genesis 5:21-23). He lived for 365 years.
3. Grandson of Jacob and son of Reuben (Genesis 46:8). Brother of Pallu, Chetzron and Carmi.
4. Son of Midian and a descendant of Abraham. Brother of Eliphah, Epher, Avidah and Elda'ah.
Enosh
The son of Seth and the grandson of Adam. (Genesis 4:26; Genesis 5:6-11).
Epher
Son of Midian, brother of Eliphah, Enoch, Avidah and Elda'ah.
Ephraim
Younger son of Joseph and Asenath, born in Egypt. Before he died, his grandfather Jacob adopted Ephraim and his brother Menasseh on a par with his sons Reuben and Simeon, thus ensuring that each would lead an entire Israelite tribe (Genesis 48:5,16). Ephraim received a greater blessing than his elder brother as Jacob prophecied that Ephraim's descendants would become more important than those of Menasseh (Genesis 48:13-20).
Ephron
Ephron was the son of Tzohar and may have been a Hittite. He owned land in Hebron and sold the Cave of Machpelah to Abraham (Genesis 23:3-20). Abraham paid Ephron 400 shekels of silver for Ephron's field and the Cave, after much bargaining, and buried his wife Sarah there. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca and Leah were all buried there.
Er
Eldest son of Judah by Shua. Brother of Onan. His widow, Tamar, married Onan.
Eran
Grandson of Ephraim and son of Shuthalach.
Eri
Grandson of Jacob and son of Gad. Brother of Tzifion, Chagi, Shuni, Etzbon, Arodi and Areli.
Esau
The elder son of Isaac and Rebecca and twin brother of Jacob, c.17th century B.C.E. Esau, meaning 'hairy', is also referred to as Edom or 'ruddy'. H The rivalry between the brothers began before their birth, when they fought in their mother's womb (Genesis 25:22) and personified the later feuding between the Israelites and Edomites. Esau, a hunter, sold his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of lentil stew (Genesis 25:29-34), and lost his precedence after his father's death to his younger brother (Genesis 27). His fury caused Jacob to flee to Padan-aram, but the brothers were reconciled 20 years later. Esau married Canaanite women, Adah, a Hittite, and Basemath, a Hivite, which grieved his parents (Genesis 26:34, and Genesis 27:46), and later married Machlath, daughter of Abraham's son Ishmael. He settled in Seir below the Dead Sea, and is regarded as the progenitor of the Edomites.
Eshban
Son of Dishon. Brother of Chemdan, Yithran and Keran.
Etzbon
Grandson of Jacob and son of Gad. Brother of Tzifion, Chagi, Shuni, Eri, Arodi and Areli.
Etzer
Son of Seir. Brother of Timna, Lotan, Shoval, Tziv'on, Anah, Dishon, and Dishan.
Eve
In Beliefs. Said to be the first woman and to have been created in order to be manís companion and helper. In the first story of creation (Genesis 1) she was said to have been created alongside man and in the second from Adamís rib. Due to her role as the mother of the human race she was subsequently given the name of Eve or Hava (Genesis 3:20). Further into the biblical account she was expelled along with Adam from the Garden of Eden, and as punishment for her role in the tasting from the fruits of the forbidden tree, she was made to give birth in anguish (Genesis 3:16).




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