A depiction of Manoah's wife, a biblical figure sometimes identified with Hazzelelponi

Hazzelelponi[1] (Hebrew: הַצְּלֶלְפּוֹנִי Haṣṣəlelpōnī, "the shade-facing")[2] is a biblical woman mentioned in 1 Chronicles 4:3. Tzelafon was named after her.

Hazzelelponi was a daughter of a man named Etam and thus a descendant of Judah.

She was also a sister of Jezreel, Ishma and Idbash, of the tribe of Judah.


Under the name Zelelponith, she is referred to in rabbinical sources—Midrash Numbers Rabbah Naso 10 and Bava Batra 91a[3]—as being the wife of Manoah and mother of Samson, the famous judge.

According to the ancient Rabbinic tradition, Hazzelelponi was married to Manoah. She also had a daughter called Nishyan or Nashyan.[4][5]

See also


  1. ^ Spelled Hazelelponi in the King James Version, Asalelphuni in the Vulgate, Heselebbon (Ancient Greek: Ἑσηλεββών Hesēlebbṓn) in the Septuagint, and Zelelponith (Hebrew: צְלֶלְפּוֹנִית Ṣəlelpōnīṯ) in the midrashes.
  2. ^ David Mandel (2007). The Ultimate Who's Who in the Bible. Bridge-Logos. p. 222. ISBN 978-0-88270-372-5.
  3. ^ Babylonian Talmud: Tractate Bava Batra Folio 91.
  4. ^ Samson, Jewish Encyclopedia. "The mother of Samson [was named] Zlelponith, and his sister, Nashyan."
  5. ^ Porter, J. R. (2000). The Illustrated Guide to the Bible. New York: Barnes & Noble Books. p. 75. ISBN 0-7607-2278-1.