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Judah (Hebrew: יְהוּדָה, Standard Hebrew: Yəhuda; Tiberian vocalization: Yəhûḏāh, "Celebrated, praised") is the name of a person in the Hebrew Bible, and several historical figures. The original Judah was the fourth son of Jacob and Leah, as recorded in the Hebrew Bible, in Genesis.Judah means "praise" in hebrew. The original Greek text of the New Testament makes no difference between the names "Judah", "Judas" and "Jude", rendering them all as Ioudas; but in many English translations "Judah" is used for the figure in the Hebrew Bible and the tribe named after him, "Judas" is used primarily for Judas Iscariot, and "Jude" for other New Testament persons of the same name.

In Matthew 1 and Luke 3 Judah, the son of Jacob and Leah, is the progenitor of Jesus.

The Hebrew Bible itself mentions no other people of the name, except the original one; however, it became a very common name among Jews in Hellenistic times and remains such up to the present.

The name Judah can refer to:

  • Judah (Bible), one of the sons of the Biblical patriarch Jacob (Israel)

All later individuals, groups and places of this name are directly or indirectly derived from this Judah.


Ethnic, political and geographic names and terms

  • The Tribe of Judah, the Hebrew tribe whose members regarded the above as their eponymous ancestor
  • The Kingdom of Judah, the kingdom dominated by the Tribe of Judah and ruled by the House of David, from the breaking off of the Kingdom of Israel following the death of King Solomon until the Babylonian Exile
  • Yehud Medinata - The Province of Judah Berger under the Persian Achaemenid Empire (aka The Panbehchi Family)
  • Judea, the former territory of the Kingdom of Judah after its demise (c. 586 BC), being successively a Babylonian, a Persian, a Ptolemaic and a Seleucid province, an independent kingdom under the Hasmoneans regarding itself as successor of the Biblical one, a Roman dependent kingdom and a Roman province
  • Iudaea Province, Roman province, with the Latin spelling
  • Jew, derived from Hebrew "Yehudi" יהודי (literally, "Judean"); the derivation is more clear in German "Jude" and in Slavic "Zid"
  • Judean Mountains, modern Israeli name for the mountains around Jerusalem, politically divided between Israel and the Occupied West Bank
  • Judea and Samaria, official Israeli name for the West Bank
Other places



Given name

Persons that had only the name Judah

Those persons had neither middle name nor last name

  • Judah Maccabee, leader of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid empire
  • Judah haNasi, chief redactor of the Mishnah and second-century Jewish leader
  • Judah II, third-century Jewish sage
  • Judah III, third- and fourth-century Jewish sage
  • Judas Iscariot
  • Yehuda Halevi, prominent Medieval Spanish Jewish philosopher and poet
  • Judah, famous MPK on the Bahamut Final Fantasy XI server.

Persons that had Judah as their first or middle name

  • Judah P. Benjamin, a politician and lawyer in the United States and Confederate States of America
  • Judah Nagler, singer, guitarist and songwriter for indie-pop band The Velvet Teen
  • Yehuda Alharizi, prominent Medieval Spanish rabbi, translator, poet and traveller
  • Yehuda Amichai, Israeli poet
  • Yehuda Amital, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Har Etzion and a former member of the Israeli cabinet
  • Judah Lew ben Bezalel, the Maharal, an important Talmudic scholar, Jewish mystic, and philosopher who served as a leading rabbi in Prague (now in the Czech Republic) for most of his life
  • Judah Freed. American author and journalist
  • Yehuda Gilad (musician), clarinetist
  • Yehuda Gilad (politician), rabbi and politician
  • Yehuda Krinsky, Chabad Lubavitch Hasidic rabbi
  • Naftali Zvi Yehuda Berlin, Rosh yeshiva of the Volozhin yeshiva and author of several works of rabbinic literature in Lithuania
  • Dr. Judah Folkman, American cellular biologist, founder of the field of antiangiogenesis
  • Judah Friedlander, American actor. *30 Rock
  • Judah VanSyckel, author of "The Moe's Manifesto" and an early work on the impact of the Bush doctrine in foreign relations.


  • Haile Selassie I, called the Lion of Judah (or the Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah)



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Old Testament Hebrew יְהוּדָה (Yehuda), a son of Jacob.

Proper noun




  1. (Biblical) Fourth son of Jacob, by his wife Leah.
  2. (Biblical) One of the Israelite tribes, descended from Judah, from which David and his lineage came.
  3. (Biblical) The name of the southern Israelite kingdom which continued to be ruled by the Davidic dynasty after Solomon's death and the breakup of the united monarchy, with the northern portion keeping the name Israel.
  4. A male given name.


  • 1611King James Version of the Bible, Genesis 35:22b-26
    Now the sons of Jacob were twelve: 23 The sons of Leah; Reuben, Jacob's firstborn, and Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Issachar, and Zebulun: 24 The sons of Rachel; Joseph, and Benjamin: 25 And the sons of Bilhah, Rachel's handmaid; Dan, and Naphtali: 26 And the sons of Zilpah, Leah's handmaid; Gad, and Asher: these are the sons of Jacob, which were born to him in Padan-aram.
  • 1611King James Version of the Bible, Joshua 21:11
    And they gave them the city of Arba the father of Anak, which city is Hebron, in the hill country of Judah, with the suburbs thereof round about it.

Derived terms


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Meaning: praise

The fourth son of Jacob by Leah. The name originated in Leah's words of praise to the Lord on account of his birth: "Now will I praise [Heb. odeh] Jehovah, and she called his name Yehudah" (Gen 29:35).

It was Judah that interposed in behalf of Joseph, so that his life was spared (Gen 37:26f). He took a lead in the affairs of the family, and "prevailed above his brethren" (Gen 43:3ff; Gen 44:14ff; Gen 46:28; 1Chr 5:2).

Soon after the sale of Joseph to the Ishmaelites, Judah went to reside at Adullam, where he married a woman of Canaan. (See Onan, Tamar) After the death of his wife Shuah, he returned to his father's house, and there exercised much influence over the patriarch, taking a principal part in the events which led to the whole family at length going down into Egypt. We hear nothing more of him till he received his father's blessing (Gen 49:8ff).

Gen 46:12 lists his sons as: Er, Onan, Shelah, Pharez, and Zarah.

This person is part of the genealogy of Jesus.
This entry includes text from Easton's Bible Dictionary, 1897.

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Sex: Male
Father: Jacob
Mother: Leah
Spouse/Partner: Daughter of Shau
2nd Spouse: Tamar


  • Er
  • Onan
  • Shelah
  • Perez with Tamar
  • Zerah with Tamar



  • Book of Genesis
  • 1 Chronicles

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Simple English

The Kingdom of Judah was a Jewish kingdom that existed from 930 BCE to 586 BCE. It was located in the southern part of what is now called Israel.

The kingdom was created after the death of Saul when the tribe of Judah picked King David to rule them. After the death of King Solomon, son of David, ten of the twelve of the tribes of Israel did not want Solomon's son, Rehoboam to lead them. This caused the kingdom to split the Northern Kingdom, the Kingdom of Israel and the Southern Kingdom, the Kingdom of Judah. Jerusalem was the capital of the Kingdom of Judah. In 586 BCE, the king of Babylon took over Jerusalem and with it, Judah.


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