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Salmon (Bible)

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This article is about the biblical person. For the fish, see Salmon.

Salmon or Salma (Hebrew: שלמה, Shalmā; Greek: Σαλμών, Salmōn; "Name means::garment") (b. ca. Born::2533 AM) was an ancestor of David in the tribe of Judah and a member of the first generation of Israelites to cross the Jordan River. He might also have been one of the two spies whom Joshua sent to Jericho before he crossed the Jordan and attacked it.


grandson of::Amminadab
son of::Nahshon
husband of::Rahab
father of::Boaz
grandfather of::Obed
ancestor of::Jesse

Salmon may have married Rahab the Harlot, who sheltered the two Israelite spies in Jericho. Salmon may have been one of them.[1]

Concerning Boaz, the Bible says:

"Salmon was the father of Boaz by Rahab." - Matthew 1:5 (NASB)

Some interpreters of this New Testament verse suggest that Rahab the Harlot and Rahab the mother of Boaz are not the same woman.[2]


Jones suggests that Salmon was one of the two spies whom Joshua sent to Jericho after he took command when Moses died.[1] If so, then that is how he met Rahab. Rahab's confession of faith in the God of Israel must have impressed Salmon greatly.

The most likely time for the birth of Boaz is 2568 AM, when Salmon and Rahab were 35 years old. The division of the land among the twelve tribes of Israel took place eight years earlier. Boaz was their only named son but not necessarily their only child.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Jones, Floyd M., The Chronology of the Old Testament, Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2004, Chart 4a
  2. "Rahab," Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Brand C, Draper C, and England A, eds., Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2003, p. 1362