Judah, y’-hu-DAH, יְהוּדָה
Judah_(biblical_person) (Wikipedia)
This article is about the son of Jacob. For the tribe, see Tribe of Judah. For the kingdom, see Kingdom of Judah.
An image of Judah from the Phillip Medhurst Collection of Bible Illustration.

Judah (Hebrew: יְהוּדָה‎‎, Standard Yehuda Tiberian Yəhūḏāh) was, according to the Book of Genesis, the fourth son of Jacob and Leah, and the founder of the Israelite Tribe of Judah. By extension, he is indirectly eponymous of the Kingdom of Judah, the land of Judea and the word "Jew".

According to the narrative in Genesis, Judah with Tamar is the patrilinear ancestor of the Davidic line.

The Tribe of Judah figures prominently in the Deuteronomistic history, which most scholars agree was reduced to written form, although subject to exilic and post-exilic alterations and emendations, during the reign of the Judahist reformer Josiah from 641-609 BC. Some biblical scholars view the biblical narrative of Judah as a postdiction providing an aetiology of the connectedness of the tribe to others in the Israelite confederation.

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