The name Milcah in the Bible
There are two Milcahs mentioned in the Bible:
- The most famous one is the niece and wife of Nahor. This Milcah is the sister of Iscah and both are daughters of Haran, the brother of Nahor and Abraham.
- The other Milcah is one of five daughters of Zelophehad, the great-great-great-grandson of Manasseh, the eldest son of Joseph (Numbers 26:33). Her sisters names are Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah and Tirzah.
Etymology of the name Milcah
The name Milcah comes from the noun מלך (melek) usually translated as king:
For a meaning of the name Milcah, BDB Theological Dictionary refers to the feminine noun מלכה (malka), meaning Queen, but adds a question mark. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names is more resolute and reads Queen without ado. NOBSE Study Bible Name List, surprisingly, goes with the rare secondary meaning used in Nehemiah 5:7, and reads Counsel.