Milcah

MILCAH (mĭl'ka, Heb. milkâh, counsel)

A daughter of Haran, Abram’s youngest brother, who died at Ur of the Chaldees, and sister of Lot. She married her uncle Nahor and bore him eight children, of whom one was Bethuel, father of Rebekah and Laban (Gen.11.27-Gen.11.29; Gen.22.20-Gen.22.23; Gen.24.24).One of the five daughters, co-heiresses of Zelophehad, the Manassite. They had to marry within their tribe (Num.36.1-Num.36.13).


MILCAH mĭl’ kə (מִלְכָּ֖ה, LXX Μελχα, a variant of Malka which means queen). A feminine personal name.

1. The brother of Abram, Nahor, took a wife called Milcah (Gen 11:29). She was the daughter of Haran (v. 29), the half-sister of Nahor just as Sarai was the half-sister of Abram (20:12). Her offspring are mentioned in Genesis 22:20-23, among whom was Bethuel the father of Rebekah (24:15, 24, 47).

2. Zelophehad the Manassite had no sons but five daughters; one was named Milcah (Num 26:33). They petitioned Moses to allow them to share as sons in their father’s inheritance (Num 27:1ff.). The petition was granted and they married their cousins in the tribe of Manasseh (Num 36:10, 11), for they and their husbands received ten special portions of land (Josh 17:3-6).

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

(milkah; Melcha):

(1) Daughter of Haran, wife of Nahor, and grandmother of Rebekah (Ge 11:29; 22:20-23; 24:15,24,47).

(2) Daughter of Zelophehad (Nu 26:33; 27:1; 36:11; Jos 17:3). Many recent authorities are of opinion that Milcah is an abbreviation of Bethmilcah, and is a geographical rather than a personal name.