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zelophehad in the Bible

first-born, of the tribe of Manasseh, and of the family of Gilead; died in the wilderness. Having left no sons, his daughters, concerned lest their father's name should be "done away from among his family," made an appeal to Moses, who, by divine direction, appointed it as "a statute of judgment" in Israel that daughters should inherit their father's portion when no sons were left (Num. 27:1-11). But that the possession of Zelophehad might not pass away in the year of jubilee from the tribe to which he belonged, it was ordained by Moses that his daughters should not marry any one out of their father's tribe; and this afterwards became a general law (Num. 36).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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  • zelophehad died leaving daughters, but no sons, and the inheritance was given to the former.

    Ancient Society Lewis Henry Morgan
  • Already we have heard the appeal of the daughters of zelophehad to be allowed an inheritance as representing their father.

  • The decision on behalf of the daughters of zelophehad was of importance for what it implied rather than for what it actually gave.

  • No doubt these spirited daughters of zelophehad conferred a great benefit on their sex in Israel.

  • As the daughters of zelophehad appealed to Moses and his great court for justice, so do the daughters of America appeal to you.

  • Moses didn't have to live with the sons of zelophehad, and consequently wasn't the one to talk the matter over with.

    Men, Women, and Gods Helen H. Gardener

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