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Who were the wives of Manasseh and Ephraim? What were their backgrounds? Who were their parents? Did they have concubines? If so who were they?

  • I dont know why this interests you more than the wives of others mentioned in the torah and I doubt if anyone can find an answer for you @kinnard Hockenhull – newcomer May 13 '16 at 5:10
  • They were only small children when the brothers came down so probably they married from among the daughters Joseph's brothers. – CashCow May 13 '16 at 8:38
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    @CashCow do you have a source? – Kinnard Hockenhull May 13 '16 at 15:01
  • I don't have a source for a "probably..", just that we assume that the B'nei Yisrael married among each other, although we do know that when Yehuda "sought a wife" for Er he found Tamar, who was a daughter of Shem, so maybe similar wives were sought for other children. – CashCow May 16 '16 at 8:58
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I Chronicles 7:14 mentions that Menasheh had an Aramean concubine:

The sons of Manasseh: Asriel, whom his wife bore--his concubine the Aramitess bore Machir the father of Gilead; (Mechon-Mamre translation)

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  • While that’s the translation most commentaries that I’ve seen use, note that Malbim learns that her name was literally Aramiah, not that it’s a description of her nationality. – DonielF Feb 13 '19 at 6:52
  • @DonielF He mentions both possibilities. – Alex Feb 13 '19 at 7:00

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