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Thursday, December 22, 2005

Marrying Very Young

How old was Yehuda when he became a grandfather?

Before you click next indulge me with a bit of mental arithmatic:

Yehuda's ageYosef's age
Yakkov marries Rachel and Leah
Yehuda is born(approximately)
Yosef is born*
Yosef is sold
22 years elaspe**
Yehuda and his son Peretz and grandsons come down to Egypt with everyone else
What makes the last statement really odd is if Tamar was married to Yehuda's grown son and then he dies, his younger brother dies and then its only his youngest brother who is too young.
Now Tamar marries Yehuda, when he's old enough to be a grandfather and then they have children. Those children, specifically peretz are old enough to get married and have children (okay let's say newborns)that means three generations all inside of 22 years!.

Okay even if we say that Yehuda was married before they sold Yosef, how many more years does that add, two or three? four would be really pushing it.

Which leads only one question....
Exactly how young did the Shevatim and their immediate descendents marry?

* In V'yetzei, Yosef is born and then Yaakov and Lavan start negoiating his pay, which I assume is the six years after he finished working for Rachel the second time
** Not entirely sure whether the 22 years is from the last time Yaakov saw to the when they meet in Egypt or wheather when Serach tells him that Yosef lives


  • Crazy stuff. I was making similar calculations over shabbos. You forgot to throw into the mix the fact that according to Rashi, Tamar was the daughter of Shem. How old was he when she was born? How old was she when she married Er, Onan, and Yehuda?

    By Blogger A Frum Idealist, at 9:39 AM, December 27, 2005  

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