Which four people’s names from the Chumash also come up as names in Megillas Esther?

  • The answers have five, so far. – msh210 Mar 11 '11 at 18:22

Yair is the easy one. (Mordechai's father in the Megillah, and a son of Menashe in Parshas Pinchas.)

Yehudah is the name of Yaakov's son in the Chumash, it appears in the Megillah as the name of the South Kingdom of Israel -- with the exile that was taken with Yechanya, King of Judah. I don't know if that counts.

Similarly, Kush is a descendant of Noah in the Chumash, and a place name in the Megillah, generally identified as Ethiopia. Who reigned from Hodu [India?] to Kush.

That leaves Tarshish, who is one of Noah's great-grandchildren in the Chumash; a member of Achashveirosh's council of closest advisors in the Megillah (though he doesn't have a speaking role in this story); and for bonus credit, a place name elsewhere in Tanach (such as where Yonah is trying to flee on his ill-fated boat).


Well being that it is Purim here are my answers.

בראשית: ד. יד. הן גרשת אתי היום מעל פני האדמה ומפניך אסתר והייתי נע ונד בארץ והיה כל מצאי יהרגני

בראשית: ג. יא. ויאמר מי הגיד לך כי עירם אתה המן העץ אשר צויתיך לבלתי אכל ממנו אכלת

אסתר: ט. יז. ביום שלושה עשר לחדש אדר ונוח בארבעה עשר בו ועשה אתו יום משתה ושמחה

אסתר: א. ו. חור כרפס ותכלת אחוז בחבלי בוץ וארגמן על גלילי כסף ועמודי שש מטות זהב וכסף על רצפת בהט ושש ודר וסחרת

So we got Esther, Haman, Noach, and Chur

However in all seriousness there is also Shimmee

שמות: ו. יז. בני גרשון לבני ו*שמעי* למשפחתם

אסתר: ב. ה. איש יהודי היה בשושן הבירה ושמו מרדכי בן יאיר בן שמעי בן קיש איש ימיני

  • But he asks for names of people in Chumash that appear as names in the Megillah. So if it doesn't appear as a person's name in Chumash and also a name of some sort (person/place) in the Megillah, that wouldn't count. – Seth J Mar 11 '11 at 20:42
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    Seth J - as noted in my answer it is answered in the Purim spirit – Gershon Gold Mar 13 '11 at 2:42

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