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Manasseh (/mə.ˈnæs.ə/;[1] Hebrew: מְנַשֵּׁה‎‎ "Mnaše") is an Ancient Hebrew language name for men meaning "causing to forget".[2]

Biblical individuals[edit]

  • Manasseh (tribal patriarch), a son of Joseph, grandson of Jacob
  • Manasseh of Judah, king of Judah (697/696–642/641 BCE)
  • Manasseh, a High Priest of Israel, the ancestor of a priest named Jonathan, mentioned in the Book of Judges as being the son of Gershom, son of Manasseh
  • Manasseh, the name given by Josephus to the unnamed Jewish priest from Nehemiah 13:28, who married a Samaritan and withdrew from Jerusalem to Mount Gerizim

Post-biblical individuals[edit]

People with the given, regnal, or religious name Manasseh or Menashe include:


Jews and Israelis[edit]

Khazar rulers[edit]

Menasseh or Manasseh was the regnal name of two Khazar rulers of the Bulanids:


  • The Devil Colony, throughout James Rollins' seventh Sigma Force novel, the Manasseh are referred to by Native Americans, Mormons, and other characters as exiled Israelites, "pale Indians", "white Indians", and the "14th colony", and Chapter 24 describes symbols America's Founding Fathers included in the Great Seal of the United States to memorialize the Manasseh, e.g., an olive branch and sheaf of arrows

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Book of Mormon Pronunciation Guide" (retrieved 2012-02-25), IPA-ified from «ma-năs´a»
  2. ^ Behind the name