Jewish Women’s Archive

The Daughters of Zelophehad

The Daughters of Zelophehad

Source: Daughters of Zelophehad: Bible (Jewish Women's Archive) 2021 A.D. From the source, "According to God’s original decree, the promised land was to be apportioned according to the “number of names” of members of the second generation; since only men were counted in the census, Zelophehad’s five daughters would be left without an inheritance. When they appeal this regulation, God agrees to implement their proposal. The story of the five daughters of Zelophehad provides legitimation of a limited right of Israelite women to inherit land. It also places specific marriage restrictions upon any women who inherit under this right. The story celebrates women’s…
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