According to the Book of Genesis, Pharez/Perets (Hebrew: פֶּרֶץ / פָּרֶץ, Modern Perets / Peretz Tiberian Péreṣ / Pāreṣ) was the son of Tamar and Judah, and the twin of Zerah. The name is transliterated to English as both "Perets " (NIV, ESV, NKJV) and "Pharets" (KJV). Perets , in Hebrew means "breach or burst forth" and is named after the narrative of his birth as recorded in Genesis 38:29.
- Genesis 38
- 27 And it came to pass in the time of her travail, that, behold, twins [were] in her womb.
- 28 And it came to pass, when she travailed, that [the one] put out [his] hand: and the midwife took and bound upon his hand a scarlet thread, saying, This came out first.
- 29 And it came to pass, as he drew back his hand, that, behold, his brother came out: and she said, How hast thou broken forth? [this] breach [be] upon thee: therefore his name was called Pharets.
- 30 And afterward came out his brother, that had the scarlet thread upon his hand: and his name was called Zarah.