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Did Yonathan, King Shaul's son, have children?

Yes, he had a son Mephibosheth (Shmuel II 4:4).
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Did Yonathan, King Shaul's son, have children?

Yes, in Divrei Hayamim I 9:40 it says וּבֶן־יְהוֹנָתָ֖ן מְרִ֣יב בָּ֑עַל וּמְרִי־בַ֖עַל הוֹלִ֥יד אֶת־מִיכָֽה׃ And the son of Jonathan was Merib-baal; and Merib-baal begot Micah. So he had a least ...
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How do we explain genaelogy differences between Genesis 4 and 5?

Rav Hirsch goes over the names and discusses the meaning of the names and the significance for the basic traits of the generation that name is used for. He points out (4:18-22 and 5:11-27). For ...
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What tribe was Jehu from?

From Menashe. See Pesikta Rabbati 3 ובמלכים ירבעם בן נבט משל אפרים ואחרי כן יהוא בן (מנשה) [נמשי] משבט מנשה
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Tribal affiliation through the father

In the Talmud-GemaraTractate Bava Bathra 109b משפחת אב קרויה משפחה אמשפחת אם אינה קרויה משפחה דכתיב (במדבר א, ב) למשפחותם לבית אבותם The Family of the Father are family the family of the mother ...
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How do we know that Moses' wife was Hamitic?

Moses married Zipporah, the daughter of Jethro1, who was a Midianite2. The Midianites are descendants of a man named Midian, who was the son of Abraham from his second wife Keturah3. From this we can ...
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Reuben, Simeon, Levi...But what about the other tribes?

Rav Hirsch says that it starts with Reuven and Shimon to show that Moshe was definitively not of "godly" origin as the mythologies of the goyim will have their heroes. However he and Aharon were in ...
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Children of the Exodus (families, names, ages)

Jochebed: I don't remember ever seeing a source whether she was alive or not. Based on the Midrash she would have been 210; even following the Ibn Ezra and others she had to be at least 100. But ...
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Was Yael Jewish?

I found the following source which says that Yael was a righteous convert ילקוט שמעוני יהושע - פרק א - רמז ט . יש נשים חסידות גיורות הגר אסנת צפרה שפרה פועה בת פרעה רחב רות ויעל אשת חבר הקיני: There ...
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Why was the Book of Genealogies hidden away?

Rashi to Pesachim 62b explains נגנז as נשתכח. So it sounds like he believes it was lost, rather than deliberately hidden (the question at the end of your final paragraph notwithstanding). Maharsha ad ...
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Who was Abraham’s Mother?

Refer to Bava Basra 91a וְאָמַר רַב חָנָן בַּר רָבָא אָמַר רַב אִמֵּיהּ דְּאַבְרָהָם אֲמַּתְלַאי בַּת כַּרְנְבוֹ אִמֵּיהּ דְּהָמָן אֲמַּתְלַאי בַּת עוֹרֶבְתִּי וְסִימָנָיךְ טָמֵא טָמֵא טָהוֹר טָהוֹר ...
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Reuben, Simeon, Levi...But what about the other tribes?

Rashbam to Shemos 6:14 explains that (according to Mehilta) this posuk provides only the genealogies of those three tribes that Yaacov had censured before he died in order to teach us that those ...
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Gechazi's accursed descendants

Interesting theory as to the potential translation into psoriasis, but it seems unlikely based on Rav Hirsch's challenges to those who compared tza'raas to leprosy: Tzaraat is not 'leprosy' as we ...
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Talmudic sages of Davidic descent

The Rashei Galusa in Bavel were descended from David, and we know that some of them were among the Amoraim. They include the earlier Rav Huna (a contemporary of R' Yehudah Hanassi, and possibly a ...
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Why so much genealogical detail in Bereshit?

One approach is found in Pirkei Avot 5:2 עֲשָׂרָה דוֹרוֹת מֵאָדָם וְעַד נֹחַ, לְהוֹדִיעַ כַּמָּה אֶרֶךְ אַפַּיִם לְפָנָיו, שֶׁכָּל הַדּוֹרוֹת הָיוּ מַכְעִיסִין וּבָאִין עַד שֶׁהֵבִיא עֲלֵיהֶם ...
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What sons of Noach are the nations disposed of by Edom, Ammon, and Moav descended from?

Chori: Shabbos 85a identifies the Chori with the Chivi, the nation listed in Bereishis 10:17 as being the son of Canaan, himself a son of Cham. Moav and Amon: Bereishis 19:31-38 records that they ...
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Did Shem's physical body (or) Shem's teachings remain alive 600 years?

There are a number of sources that point to the fact that Shem did indeed live a long life and also lived to see some of the personalities that you mention above. Firstly by way of introduction, the ...
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Miriam as the Ancestor of King David

Caleb's brother is Ram (1 Chronicles 2:9), who is a direct ancestor of David (see the lineage there). As his brother, Caleb couldn't possibly be in the direct line of male ancestors of David, and ...
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If someone's ancestry was a mix of Hassidic and non-Hassidic Ashkenazi, what Nusach should they daven?

Obviously, someone should talk to a rabbi about their particular situation; if there's a particular community or practice that particularly speaks to them, that's worth something. But for theory's ...
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How does Rashi knows that Shimshai safra is Hamman's son?

We can likely find the answer from Rashi's own words elsewhere. In his commentary on Esther, after the list of Haman's Ten Sons in Esther 9:10, Rashi writes: עֲשֶׂרֶת בְּנֵי הָמָן. רָאִיתִי בְסֵדֶר ...
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Who is דישון? Contradiction in 2 verses

According to Da'at Mikra, it's not a contradiction. On verse 36 they write that there were two Dishons and one Dishan. On verse 21 they write that Dishon was a common Horite/Hurrian name. There are ...
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Yocheved is the daughter of who?

Yocheved's relationship to Amram Regarding Yocheved's relationship to Amram, Exodus (6:20) certainly implies that she was his aunt: וַיִּקַּח עַמְרָם אֶת-יוֹכֶבֶד דֹּדָתוֹ, לוֹ לְאִשָּׁה And ...
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How many sons of Benjamin were there?

The Hizkuni to Bereishis 46:21 says that actually (according to Divrei Hayamin I 8:1-5) Binyamin had 11 sons (the 11th son had not yet been born at the time he descended to Mitzraym), making the list ...
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Eliphaz HaTeimoni - who was he?

According to H'Ichud B'Chidud - Vol 57 - Vayeshev 5769 and also in Vol 95 - Ki Savo 5769 Eliphaz HaTeimoni is Eliphaz the son of Eisav. ואליפז התימני הוא אליפז בנו של עשו
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How is a Gentile's membership in a Table of Nations Gentile nation determined?

As the comments have stated; Gentile ancestry is tribal, and therefore strictly paternally-traced as far as halacha is concerned. Halacha doesn't really care if someone's a Dudanite or Caphtorite; but ...
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Is Redeeming the Firstborn Son Optional?

The redemption of every first born child is mandatory as we see in the pesukim that I reference. Shmos Bo 13:13 And every firstborn donkey you shall redeem with a lamb, and if you do not redeem [...
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Why is Zerubavel called the son of Shealtiel?

The commentaries I've come across all seem to agree that Zerubavel was indeed the biological son of Pedaya. A number of approaches are offered to explain why he is nonetheless referred to as the son ...
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Was Yirmiyahu HaNabi a descendant of Pinchas HaKohen?

Radak Yirmiyahu 1:1 says that Yirmiyahu's father was Chilkiyahu ben Shalom - חלקיהו בן שלום. Chilkiyahu ben Shalom ben Tzadok came from the Bnei Tzadok that are Meyuchas to Pinchas. see page 8.
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Inconsistent Ohr HaChaim?

The details of the transmission of this Torah is recounted in the opening pages of Sefer Raziel HaMalach. The book of Chanoch was hidden away during his lifetime because his contemporaries and the ...
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Grandsons of Keturah

Radak to 25:3 says that the others may not have had sons, or that they died afterwards: אפשר שלא היו להם או היו להם ומתו
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