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A depiction of the wife of Manoah, a biblical figure sometimes identified with Hazelelponi.

Hazelelponi (also spelled Hazzelelponi or Asalelphuni; Hebrew: הַצְלֶלְפּוֹנִי‎‎, “shade facing”[1]) is a biblical woman mentioned in 1 Chronicles 4:3. Tzelafon was named after her.


Hazelelponi was a daughter of a man named Etam and thus a descendant of Judah.

She was also a sister of Jezreel, Ishma and Idbash, of the tribe of Judah.

A similarly named woman, Zʻllpunith or Zlelponith, is referred to in rabbinical sources - Midrash Numbers Rabbah Naso 10 and Bava Batra 91a[2] - as being the mother of Samson, the famous judge.

According to the ancient Rabbinic tradition, Hazelelponi was married to Manoah. She also had a daughter called Nishyan or Nashyan.[3][4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ David Mandel (2007). The Ultimate Who's Who in the Bible. Bridge-Logos. p. 222. ISBN 978-0-88270-372-5. 
  2. ^ Babylonian Talmud: Tractate Bava Batra Folio 91.
  3. ^ Samson, Jewish Encyclopedia. "The mother of Samson [was named] Zlelponith, and his sister, Nashyan."
  4. ^ Porter, J. R. (2000). The Illustrated Guide to the Bible. New York: Barnes & Noble Books. p. 75. ISBN 0-7607-2278-1.