Women of the Word: Sherah or Sheerah

1 Chronicles 7 lists some of the descendants of six of the tribes of Israel during the reign of King David. Most of the descendants who are mentioned by name are sons. There is one man named Zelophehad who only had daughters, but their names are not given. Another man, Beriah, had a daughter named Sherah (also spelled Sheerah), who built three cities. Verse 24 says:

His daughter was Sheerah, who built Lower and Upper Beth Horon as well as Uzzen Sheerah.

As we found out in a previous Women of the Word post regarding Shallum’s daughters, women in Biblical times worked. Sheerah was no different. She worked so hard that she built not one, not two – but three cities, of which the latter bore her name. Continue reading