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Perez and Zerah are twins. Which one's name means "breech" in Hebrew?




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Answer: Perez

In Hebrew perez means "breech [or strength or breaking-forth]" and zerah means "brightness [or shining]". Note that King David was a descendant of Perez.

Genesis 38:27 (JPS): And it came to pass in the time of her [Tamar's] travail, that, behold, twins were in her womb.

38:28 And it came to pass, when she travailed, that one put out a hand; and the midwife took and bound upon his hand a scarlet thread, saying: 'This came out first.'

38:29 And it came to pass, as he drew back his hand, that, behold his brother came out; and she said: 'Wherefore hast thou made a breach for thyself?' Therefore his name was called Perez.

38:30 And afterward came out his brother, that had the scarlet thread upon his hand; and his name was called Zerah.


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