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I am looking for a sefer which delineates the significance and meaning of many names in Torah, but more specifically the lists of names, found in Noach, Vayeira, Chayei Sarah, Vayishlach, Vayigash, etc.

For example, the Torah tells us the names of Yishmael's twelve sons. What is the significance of the Torah telling us his sons? Why bother?

Another example: the Torah tells us the names of Yokshan's and Midian's sons. What is the significance and why bother?

etc.

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    "significance" as in their identities? – Oliver Oct 16 '17 at 21:28
  • @Oliver That and also why the Torah needs to tell us them. There are many names that the Torah does not bother to tell is because they are not significant enough. – Joshua Pearl Oct 17 '17 at 20:09
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    @JoshuaPearl Like? The only possible example I can think of is the genealogy mentioned in Bamidbar and Pinchas - but those names are mentioned not for themselves, but their progeny (i.e. which family they are from). – DonielF Oct 18 '17 at 14:53
  • Please edit clarifications into the post. Such as what you mean by significance. – mevaqesh Oct 18 '17 at 15:18
  • Since each one could be a different explanation, this question is too broad to answer. – sabbahillel Oct 19 '17 at 1:06
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Try the אוצר אישי התנ"ך, also available in English. It lists every person in Tanach, and what is known about them, gathered from "the seven seas of sefarim" (Talmud, Midrash, etc.).

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    Although I love that seffer, I think you will not find any entries for the personalities the OP is looking for. That seffer has sources from chazzal about 'famous' people in Tanach. The OP seems to be looking for 'all the other guys'. – user6591 Oct 18 '17 at 21:28

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