In Beresheit 11:29 it reads “And Abram and Nahor took themselves wives; the name of Abram's wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor's wife was Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah and the father of Iscah.”

Who is this Iscah? Is it Sarai/Sarah?

  • This is a pretty bad question post (to put it nicely). Why do you think Iskah is anyone but Iskah? And why would she also be Sarai of all people? Maybe Yiskah is Eliezer? Or Lot? Or Donald? Please edit in motivation for your question! See too judaism.meta.stackexchange.com/a/1086/759 judaism.meta.stackexchange.com/q/306/759 – Double AA Oct 15 '18 at 21:23
  • I'll be happy to delete the question. Let me know. – Ephraim77 Oct 15 '18 at 23:18
  • I'll be happy if you improve it! Don't be hesitant to edit. Post something to be proud of. – Double AA Oct 15 '18 at 23:25
  • I was proud of it initially. I thought it was a very thought provoking topic that has not been covered on Mi Yodeya. I am not sure how to improve it to your satisfaction. – Ephraim77 Oct 15 '18 at 23:51
  • What thought does it provoke? What part of my suggestions for improvement above did you find unclear? Answer that in editing your post – Double AA Oct 15 '18 at 23:52

The Talmud in Megillah 14a states that Yiskah is Sarah:

ואמר ר' יצחק יסכה זו שרה ולמה נקרא שמה יסכה שסכתה ברוח הקדש שנאמר כל אשר תאמר אליך שרה שמע בקולה ד"א יסכה שהכל סוכין ביופיה

and R. Isaac said [on this]. Yiscah is Sarah; and why was she called Yiscah? Because she discerned [sakethah] by means of the holy spirit, as it is said, In all that Sarah saith unto thee, hearken to her voice. Another explanation is: because all gazed [sakin] at her beauty. (Soncino translation)

This identification is also made explicitly by Targum Pseudo-Jonathan on the verse in question, adding an additional two words at the end of the verse saying "she is Sarai":

ונסיב אברם ונחור להון נשין שום אתת אברם שרי ושום אתת נחור מלכה ברת הרן אבוי דמלכא ואבוי דיסכה היא שרי

Many of the standard biblical commentaries adopt this identification as well, some suggesting that if Yiskah was not Sarah there would be no point of introducing her in this verse.

  • We don't Paskin this way though – Double AA Oct 15 '18 at 21:46
  • @DoubleAA Paskin? – Alex Oct 15 '18 at 21:53
  • Yup. (I'm loath to post a good answer to such a bad question... Sigh.) – Double AA Oct 15 '18 at 21:58
  • Does Pesudo Jonathon even predate the Talmud? Why bother bringing it? – Double AA Oct 15 '18 at 22:35
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    @DoubleAA Which is? You can’t tease us like that, saying you’ve got a good answer and then not tell us what it is. :) – DonielF Oct 16 '18 at 8:45

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