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(zih loh' fih had) Personal name meaning, “protection from terror” or the kinsman is my protector.” A Hebrew who wandered in the wilderness with Moses. He had no sons to receive his property and carry on his name, so his daughters pled with Moses to receive a share of inheritance following his death (Numbers 26:33 ; Numbers 27:1-4 ). Despite the inheritance customs which allowed only men to own property, God led Moses to declare the daughters eligible (Numbers 27:6-7 ). The only stipulation was that the women had to marry within their own tribe (Numbers 36:5-9 ).

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Zelophehad'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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