Jonathan is a figure appearing in the account of Micah's Idol in the Book of Judges, in which he is appointed as the priest of a shrine; since the shrine contained an ephod and teraphim, Jonathan is referred to as an idol-worshipper by traditional Judaism. The text identifies Jonathan as the son of Gershom, son of Manasseh, but there is a scribal oddity in that the verse presents the name of Manasseh as מנשה, with the "נ" superscripted, which does not occur elsewhere in the Bible; the correct reading may be Moses (Hebrew: משה, Moshe), and Rashi and other sages suspected as much, arguing that the name was changed to Manasseh to avoid scandalising Moses. Indeed, Gershom, Jonathan's father's name, was also the name of a son of Moses.
- Judges 18:30
- Kol Chovevei Torah: Moshe's Unique Prophesy by Rabbi David Almog and Lisa Bennett Almog Archived 2007-03-17 at the Wayback Machine.
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