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  1. the fourth son of Jacob and Leah. Gen. 29:35.
  2. one of the 12 tribes of Israel traditionally descended from him.
  3. the Biblical kingdom of the Hebrews in S Palestine, including the tribes of Judah and Benjamin.Compare Ephraim(def 3).
  4. a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “praised.”
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Also Douay Bible, Ju·da (for defs 1–3).
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Examples from the Web for juda

Historical Examples of juda

  • She asked to have the whole of Arabia and Juda given to her.

    History Of Egypt From 330 B.C. To The Present Time, Volume 10 (of 12)

    S. Rappoport

  • That of Juda, formed of two tribes, subsisted 386 years, under 19 kings.

  • One of his invasions of Juda occupies a large part of the Scripture narrative.

  • And what of Joses, and Juda, and Simon, and her daughters who remained at home?

    The Christ

    John Eleazer Remsburg

  • Do you know, Jim, that I think there is a possible chance yet to find Juda alive.

    Looking Back

    Merrick Abner Richardson

British Dictionary definitions for juda


noun Old Testament
  1. the fourth son of Jacob, one of whose descendants was to be the Messiah (Genesis 29:35; 49:8–12)
  2. the tribe descended from him
  3. the tribal territory of his descendants which became the nucleus of David's kingdom and, after the kingdom had been divided into Israel and Judah, the southern kingdom of Judah, with Jerusalem as its centre
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Douay spelling: Juda
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Word Origin and History for juda


masc. proper name, biblical son of Jacob by Leah, also the name of a tribe of Israel, from Hebrew Yehudah, from stem of y-d-h, literally "praised."

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