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?

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

2 Answers 2


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


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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