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Aholibamah (Hebrew אָהֳלִיבָמָה, Standard Hebrew Ahalivama, Tiberian Hebrew ʼĀhālîḇāmā; "My tabernacle of/is height/exaltation" or "Tent of the High Place"[1]), is an eight time referenced matriarch in the biblical record.[2]

Aholibamah was the daughter of Anah of Zibeon the Hivite. Her maternal grandfather was Zibeon the Hivite son of Seir the Horite.[3] She was one of two Canaanite women who married Esau, the son of Isaac, when he was in his forties. However, her In-Laws were greatly opposed to this union.[4] So as to pacify them, Esau changed her name to the Hebraic name "Judith".[5]

Popular culture[edit]

In the fantasy novel Many Waters by Madeleine L'Engle, Oholibamah was the daughter of a nephil (fallen angel). She married into the family of Noah.

In The Red Tent, Oholibamah is mentioned as having died in childbirth, leaving only Adath and Basemath, both bitter rivals for Esau's affections.


 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainEaston, Matthew George (1897). "article name needed". Easton's Bible Dictionary (New and revised ed.). T. Nelson and Sons.

  1. ^ Phillips, J. Exploring Genesis: an expository commentary, (ISBN 0-8254-3488-2, ISBN 978-0-8254-3488-4), 2001, p. 284
  2. ^ Book of Genesis 36:2,5,14,18,25,41; & 1 Chronicles 1:52
  3. ^ Genesis 36:2
  4. ^ Genesis 26:35
  5. ^ Phillips, Exploring Genesis, p. 284, 285