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Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature


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Zelo´phehad, son of Hepher, a descendant of Joseph, who had no sons, but five daughters. These came to Moses and Eleazar when now at the edge of the Promised Land, to lay their case before them for adjudication. Their father had died in the wilderness, leaving no male child. The daughters thought themselves entitled to take their father's share of the land. Moses on this brought their cause before Jehovah, who ordered that they should receive their father's inheritance, taking occasion to establish the general rule: 'If a man die, and have no son, then ye shall cause his inheritance to pass unto his daughter,' and failing daughters, to his next of kin (; , sq. Compare , sq.).





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Kitto, John, ed. Entry for 'Zelophehad'. "Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature".

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