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Ju·dah 1

In the Bible, a son of Jacob and Leah and the forebear of one of the tribes of Israel.

[Hebrew yəhûdâ.]

Ju·dah 2

An ancient kingdom of southern Palestine between the Mediterranean and the Dead Sea. It lasted from the division of Palestine around 930 bc until the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 bc.

[Hebrew yəhûdâ.]
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1. (Bible) the fourth son of Jacob, one of whose descendants was to be the Messiah (Genesis 29:35; 49:8–12)
2. (Bible) the tribe descended from him
3. (Bible) the tribal territory of his descendants which became the nucleus of David's kingdom and, after the kingdom had been divided into Israel and Judah, the southern kingdom of Judah, with Jerusalem as its centre
Douay spelling: Juda
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(ˈdʒu də)

1. the fourth son of Jacob and Leah. Gen. 29:35.
2. one of the 12 tribes of Israel, traditionally descended from him.
3. the Biblical kingdom of the Hebrews in S Palestine, including the tribes of Judah and Benjamin. Compare Israel (def. 4).
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Judah - (Old Testament) the fourth son of Jacob who was forebear of one of the tribes of IsraelJudah - (Old Testament) the fourth son of Jacob who was forebear of one of the tribes of Israel; one of his descendants was to be the Messiah
Old Testament - the collection of books comprising the sacred scripture of the Hebrews and recording their history as the chosen people; the first half of the Christian Bible
2.Judah - an ancient kingdom of southern Palestine with Jerusalem as its centerJudah - an ancient kingdom of southern Palestine with Jerusalem as its center
Canaan, Holy Land, Promised Land, Palestine - an ancient country in southwestern Asia on the east coast of the Mediterranean Sea; a place of pilgrimage for Christianity and Islam and Judaism
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[ˈdʒuːdə] NJudá m
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nJuda m
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References in classic literature ?
The sound of the trumpet wakes Judah no longer, and her despised children are now but the unresisting victims of hostile and military oppression.
Would to heaven that the shedding of mine own blood, drop by drop, could redeem the captivity of Judah! Nay, would to God it could avail to set free my father, and this his benefactor, from the chains of the oppressor!
who forgets the desolation of Judah, and looks upon the comeliness of a Gentile and a stranger?
The colony consisted of "every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented" -- in brief, all the Socialists of Judah.
Then he killed all the relatives, and teachers, and servants and friends of the family, and rested from his labors, until he was come near to Samaria, where he met forty-two persons and asked them who they were; they said they were brothers of the King of Judah. He killed them.
We may be harsh and stern with Judah and Simeon--our love and pity gush out for Benjamin, the little one.
'No,' said Fledgeby, 'you may toddle now, Judah, and grope about on the orders you have got.' Dismissed with those pleasing words, the old man took his broad hat and staff, and left the great presence: more as if he were some superior creature benignantly blessing Mr Fledgeby, than the poor dependent on whom he set his foot.
However Arum believes the serious brain injury suffered by 41-year-old Zab Judah last Friday should serve as a cautionary tale.
Shari Judah was released without charges or citations after troopers escorted her form the room during a hearing on legislation that would eradicate the board on which she formerly served.
Judah 1, a Texas-based Christian airline has announced it is enlarging its aircraft and expanding service to North Texas, the company said.
Archaeological excavations conducted there last year suggest that the hill was used by the kingdom of Israel to control the kingdom of Judah, and not, as the Bible has it, the other way around.
HARRISBURG -- Southern Gospel enthusiasts convened in the new Harrisburg High School gymnasium Friday evening to hear local band Judah and the renowned McKameys.