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Great Women of the Bible: The Daughters of Zelophehad
Among the children of Israel was a man named Zelophehad, and he had five daughters, Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah. While he and his daughters journeyed with the people to the Promised Land, Zelophehad died. When he died, he had no sons; therefore, the portion of land that was to go to Zelophehad by appointment would go to another male relative. If unmarried, this would leave Zelophehad’s daughters destitute, or they would have to marry or be taken in by a relative. According to the law of that time, women could not inherit the property of their father. Despite