Vol. 55 No. 4 (2007)
Research Article

Names in the Hebrew Bible

Published 2007-12-01



The Hebrew Bible contains more than a thousand names given to more than two thousand individuals, less than 10% of whom are females. The majority of women are identified merely as the wife, concubine, daughter, mother, or sister of a man. The twelve patrilineal tribes and genealogies of fathers and sons contributed to the preponderance of males. Ten names are ambisexual, shared by both males and females. Two books, 1 Chronicles and Genesis, contain the largest numbers of people with ambisexual names.


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