There is much that is suggestive, for example, in the relation between the " postexilic " additions to the prophecies and their immediately earlier form; or in the singular prominence of the Judaean family of Perez (its elevation over Zerah, a half-Edomite family, Gen.
7); the invasion of Zerah in Asa's reign (2 Chron.
Tamar, the date-palm) and the old Canaanite elements (Zerah =indigena) by the younger Israelite invaders (Perez="branch").
At the age of twelve he engaged Zerah Colburn, the American " calculating boy," who was then being exhibited as a curiosity in Dublin, and he had not always the worst of the encounter.
Jacob is otherwise known as Israel and becomes the father of the tribes of Israel; Joseph is the father of Ephraim and Manasseh, and incidents in the life of Judah lead to the birth of Perez and Zerah, Judaean clans.
It is purely local and is interested in Shelah, and more especially in Perez and Zerah, names of families or clans of the post-exilic age.
4), and Zerah claimed the renowned sages of Solomon's day (I Chron.
The story implies that Perez surpassed his "brother" clan Zerah (xxxviii.
The Book of Chronicles relates a story of a sensational defeat of Zerah the "Cushite," and a great religious revival in which Judah and Israel took part (2 Chron.
"If by Zerah the Ethiopian or Sabaean prince be meant, the only real difficulty of the narrative is removed.
No king Zerah of Ethiopia is known at this period, nor does there seem to be room for such a person" (W.