Easton's Bible Dictionary
(1) The first of Lamech's two wives, and the mother of Jabal and Jubal ( Genesis
4:19 , 4:20
(2) The first of Esau's three wives, the daughter of Elon the Hittite ( Genesis
36:2 , 36:4
), called also Bashemath ( Genesis
Hitchcock's Dictionary of Bible Names
Smith's Bible Dictionary
(1) The first of the two wives of Lamech, by whom were borne to him Jabal
and Jubal. ( Genesis
4:19 ) (B.C. 3600).
(2) A Hittitess, one of the three wives of Esau, mother of Eliphaz. ( Genesis
36:2 , 36:10
) In ( Genesis
26:34 ) she is called BASHEMATH. (B.C. 1797.)
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
a'-da ('adhah, "adornment"):
(1) One of the two wives of Lamech the descendant of Cain (Genesis
4:19 , 20
The narrative in Genesis assigns to her two sons, Jabal the "father" of tent-dwelling
people, and Jubal the "father" of all such as handle the harp and pipe." Josephus
says that Lamech had 77 sons by Ada and Zillah (Ant., I, ii, 2).
(2) According to Genesis
36:2 , 4
the Hittite wife of Esau, daughter of Elon, and mother of Eliphaz. In this chapter
Esau's other wives are Oholibamah, a Hivite, and Basemath the daughter of Ishmael.
The names are differently given elsewhere (Genesis
26:34 ; 28:9).
Basemath is said to be the daughter of Elon. The daughter of Ishmael is called
Mahalath. In place of Oholibamah the Hivite we find Judith the daughter of Beeri
the Hittite. Data are lacking for the solution of the problem.
Willis J. Beecher
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