Bible Names N-Z: Puah
Pua in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
PUA or PHUVA (See PHUVAH.)
1. Numbers 26:23; father of TOLA, the judge (Judges
10:1). Punites, Pua's descendants.) (See PUNITES.)
2. 1 Chronicles 7:1.
3. (See MIDWIVES.)
Puah in Easton's Bible Dictionary
splendid. (1.) One of the two midwives who feared God, and
refused to kill the Hebrew male children at their
(2.) A descendant of Issachar (Judg. 10:1).
Puah in Hitchcock's Bible Names
mouth; corner; bush of hair
Puah in Naves Topical Bible
-1. A Hebrew midwife
-2. Father of Tola
-3. See PHUVAH
Puah in Smiths Bible Dictionary
1. The father of Tola, a man of the tribe of Issachar
and judge of Israel after Abimelech. Jud 10:1 (B.C. 1211.)
2. The son of Issachar, 1Ch 7:1 elsewhere called
Phuvah and Pua.
3. One of the two midwives to whom Pharaoh gave
instructions to kill the Hebrew male children at their birth.
Ex 1:15 (B.C. 1571.)
Puah in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
(1) pu'ah: One of the Hebrew midwives whom the king of Egypt
commanded to kill all male children of the Hebrews at birth.
The midwives, fearing God, refused to obey, pretending that
the children of the Hebrew women were usually born before they
arrived. Their act is spoken of as being meritorious in the
eyes of the Lord, who is said to have rewarded them by making
"houses" for them (Ex 1:15-20). In the Midrash, Ex Rabba',
Puah is identified with Miriam, and Shiphrah, the other
midwife, with her mother Jochebed. According to another
tradition Puah was a proselyte.
(2) pu'ah, in 1 Ch 7:1; puwwah, in Gen 46:13; Nu 26:23;
written also "Pua" the King James Version, and "Puvah" Revised
Version: Second son of Issachar, ancestor of the Punites,
enumerated in the desert census taken by Moses and Eleazar.
(3) pu'ah: Member of the tribe of Issachar, mentioned (Jdg
10:1) as the son of Dodo and the father of Tola, the judge.
Ella Davis Isaacs
Puah in Wikipedia
Puah (meaning "splendid") is a name given to two persons in
One of the two midwives who feared God, and helped prevent
the genocide of Hebrew male children by the Egyptians,
according to Exodus 1:15-21. Her colleague was Shiphrah.
In Midr. Tadshe (on Ex. i. 15) it is assumed that Puah, as
well as the other midwife, was a proselyte, and was not
identical with Miriam.
The son of Dodo and a descendant of Issachar. He had a son
named Tola, who rose to become a Biblical judge. (Judges
Rashi: Jochebed, she is called Shifrah. Rashi sees Shifrah
as the mother, and Puah as the daughter. Since the Torah
reveals rather than conceals, they must be the mother and
daughter mentioned elsewhere in the story, namely, Yochebed
and Miriam (Gur Aryeh; Sifsei Chachamim).
The name Puah is an expression of crying out (Isaiah 42:14).
And Hashem did good to the midwives. Shemos (Exodus) 1:20
The verb is the causitive hiphil. He, (Ha Kodesh Baruch Hu)
did good to them.
Shemos 1:21 He made houses for them. the houses of kehunah,
and leviyah, and royalty. Both Kohanim and Levites live in
the Beis HaMigdash. Royalty from Miriam Tractate Sotah 11b;
Shemos Rabbah 1:17
PUah Scripture - 1 Chronicles 7:1
Now the sons of Issachar [were], Tola, and Puah, Jashub, and
Puah Scripture - Exodus 1:15
And the king of Egypt spake to the Hebrew midwives, of which
the name of the one [was] Shiphrah, and the name of the other
Puah Scripture - Judges 10:1
And after Abimelech there arose to defend Israel Tola the son
of Puah, the son of Dodo, a man of Issachar; and he dwelt in
Shamir in mount Ephraim.
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