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Zerah (zēˈrə) [key], in the Bible. 1 Younger of the twin sons of Judah and his daughter-in-law Tamar. The following patronymics are apparently derived from his name: Zarhite, Izrahite, and Ezrahite. 2 Duke of Edom. Gen. 36.13,17; 1 Chron. 1.37. 3 Father of an Edomite king. 4 Same as Zohar2. 5 Levite. 6 Leader of an Ethiopian invasion of Judah defeated by King Asa. He is not otherwise known in history.

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