An image of Judah from the Phillip Medhurst Collection of Bible Illustration
|Born||1566 BCE (15 Sivan, AM 2195)|
|Died||1448, 1447, 1438 or 1437 (AM 2314 or AM 2324)|
|Resting place||maybe in Yehud, Israel|
Judah (Hebrew: יְהוּדָה, Standard Yəhuda Tiberian Yehuḏā) was, according to the Book of Genesis, the fourth son of Jacob and Leah, 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".
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.