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  • Name Gad  
    Gender Male 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    • «b»

      Gad«/b» («u»Hebrew «/u»: ; "luck") was, according to the «u»Book of Genesis «/u», the first son of «u»Jacob «/u» and «u»Zilpah «/u», the seventh of Jacob overall, and the founder of the «u»Israelite Tribe «/u» of «u»Gad «/u»; however some «u»Biblical scholars «/u» view this as postdiction, an «u»eponymous «/u» «u»metaphor «/u» providing an «u»aetiology «/u» of the connectedness of the tribe to others in the Israelite confederation. The text of the «u»Torah «/u» argues that the name of «i»Gad«/i» means «i»luck«/i»/«i»fortunate«/i», in «u»Hebrew «/u», deriving from a «u»root «/u» meaning «i»cut«/i»/«i»divide«/i», in the sense of «i»divided out«/i»; «u»classical rabbinical literature «/u» argues that the name was a prophetic reference to the «u»manna «/u»; some «u»Biblical scholars «/u» suspect that refers to a deity originally worshipped by the tribe, namely «u»Gad «/u», the semitic deity of fortune, who, according to the «u»Book of Isaiah «/u», was still worshipped by certain Hebrews during the 6th century BC.
      In the Biblical account, Gad's mother is only a «i»handmaid«/i», rather than a wife of Jacob, which scholars see as indicating that the authors saw the tribe of Gad as being not of entirely Israelite origin«u»[2]«/u»; many scholars believe that Gad was a late addition to the Israelite confederation, as implied by the «u»Moabite Stone «/u», which seemingly differentiates between the Israelites and the tribe of Gad, and the books «u»of Samuel «/u» and «u»of Kings «/u», which appear to portray Gad as an enemy of Israel «i»Gad«/i» appears to have originally been a northwards-migrating «u»nomadic «/u» tribe, at a time when the other tribes were quite settled in Canaan.
      According to «u»classical rabbinical literature «/u», Gad was born on the tenth of «u»Heshwan «/u», and lived 125 years. These sources go on to state that, unlike his other brothers, «u»Joseph «/u» didn't present Gad to the «u»Pharaoh «/u», since Joseph didn't want Gad to become one of Pharaoh's guards, an appointment that would have been likely had the Pharaoh realised that Gad had great strength.
    Person ID I61508  Glenn Cook Family
    Last Modified 3 Dec 2009 

    Father Jacob (Isreal) Ben Abraham, King of Goshen,   b. Abt 1892 B.C., Haran Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1745 B.C., Egypt Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Zilpah,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F551617666  Group Sheet

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