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When naming the daughters of Tzelafchad in Bemidbar 26:33 and when they approached Moshe with the inheritance question in Bemidbar 27:1 the order is:

Machla, Noah, Chaglah, Milka, Tirtzah

When they are married, as state in Bemidbar 36:11 the order is:

Machla, Tirtzah, Chagla, Mika, Noah

Why the change in order?

Perhaps, the first two orders them in birth order - oldest to youngest and the 3rd list is the order in which they were married?

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  • Also Joshua 17:3
    – Double AA
    Aug 2, 2019 at 16:19

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The Gemara Bava Basra 120a Here writes that one list is according to their age, and the other is based on their wisdom.

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Indeed, that is R. Avraham ibn Ezra's assertion when commenting on Bemidbar 36:11: הזכירן הכתוב בתחלה כאשר נולדו (במדבר כ"ז:א'), ועתה כאשר נשאו לאנשים בתחלה.

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