Bil'han (Heb. Bilhan', בַּלהָן ; Sept. Βαλαάμ, Βαλαάν; Balaan, Balan; the same root [בָּלָה, to fail] as Bilhah, Ge 30:3, etc. The final ן is evidently a Horite termination, as in Zaavan, Akan, Dishan, Aran, Lotan, Alvan, Hemdan, Eshban, etc., but is also found in Heb. names).

1. A Horite chief, son of Ezer, son of Seir, dwelling in Mount Seir, in the land of Edom (Ge 36:27; 1 Chronicles i, 42). B.C. cir. 1963.

2. A Benjamite, son of Jediael, and father of seven sons (1Ch 7:10). B.C. ante 1658. It does not appear clearly from which of the sons of Benjamin Jediael was descended, as he is not mentioned in Ge 46:21, or Numbera 26. But as he was the father of Ehud (1Ch 7:10), and Ehud seems, from 1Ch 8:3,6, to have been a son of Bela, Jediael, and consequently Bilhan, were probably Belaites. The occurrence of Bilhan as well as Bela in the tribe of Benjamin-names both imported from Edom-is remarkable. SEE BENJAMIN.

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