Almodad (Hebrew: אַלְמוֹדָ֖ד ’Almōḏāḏ) was a descendant of Noah and the first named son of Joktan in Genesis 10:26 and 1 Chronicles 1:20. While the Bible has no further history regarding Almodad, this patriarch is considered to be the founder of an Arabian tribe in "Arabia Felix". This is based on the identification of Joktan's other sons, such as Sheba and Havilah, who are both identified as coming from that region.
According to Easton's Bible Dictionary "Almodad" means "immeasurable", however it has also been translated as "not measured", "measurer", "measure of God", "the beloved," or, "God is beloved", "God is love", and "God is a friend".
Many translations and scholarly works use "Elmodad", including Josephus, Douay–Rheims Bible and the Targum Ps.-Jonathan, which elaborates Gen 10:26 and says "begot Elmodad, who measured the earth with cords."
- Charles Forster (1844). "Section II: Settlements of Joktan". The Historical Geography of Arabia (Volume I). pp. 77–175.
The family of this patriarch seems to have been correctly traced by Bochart, in the Almodaei, or Allumaeotae, a central people of Arabia Felix, noticed by Ptolemy; and whose geographical position can be pretty exactly ascertained, both by the statement of the Alexandrine geographer, and by the nature of the adjoining country.
- Skinner, D.D., John, A Critical and Exegitical Commentary on Genesis, T&T Clark Ltd., 1910 (1980 ed.), p. 221. ISBN 0-567-05001-7.
- Hebrew word #486 in Strong's Concordance
- Rene Noorbergen (2001). Secrets of the Lost Races: New Discoveries of Advanced Technology in Ancient Civilizations. TEACH Services, Inc. ISBN 1-57258-198-0.
- Roswell Dwight Hitchcock; Nathaniel West; Alexander Cruden (1870). Hitchcock's New and Complete Analysis of the Holy Bible. A.J. Johnson. ISBN 0-8370-1742-4.
- "Almodad". International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. 1915.
- Thomas Inman (2002). "Almodad". Ancient Faiths Embodied in Ancient Names Part 1. Kessinger Publishing. p. 231. ISBN 0-7661-2668-4.
- Alfred J. Kolatch (2005). "Almodad". The Comprehensive Dictionary of English & Hebrew First Names. Jonathan David Company. p. 39. ISBN 0-8246-0455-5.
- David K. Stabnow (2006). "Almodad". HCSB Super Giant Print Dictionary and Concordance. Broadman & Holman. p. 47. ISBN 0-8054-9489-8.
- Josephus. "Book I". Antiquities of the Jews.
- "The First Book of the Chronicles", Parallel Hebrew Old Testament
- "Section II. Toledoth". Targum Ps.-Jonathan.
- "Almo'dad". The Bible Dictionary. 1875. p. 51. OCLC 26196495.
- Alexander Toepel, University of Tübingen (2006). "Yonton Revisited: A Case Study in the Reception of Hellenistic Science within Early Judaism". Harvard Theological Review. Cambridge University Press. 99 (3): pp.235–245. doi:10.1017/S0017816006001234.
- Alfred Jones (1990). "Almodad". Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names. Kregel Publications. ISBN 0-8254-2961-7.
- John Relly Beard (1850). "Almodad". The People's Dictionary of the Bible. Simpkin, Marshall. p. 45. OCLC 8293675.
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