(ah' lay i) Personal name meaning, “a brother to me,” perhaps an abbreviated form of Ahliya, “the brother is my god.” Others interpret as interjection meaning, “O would that.” 1. A member of clan of Jerahmeel (1 Chronicles 2:31). Ahlai's father was Sheshan.
1 Chronicles 2:34 says Sheshan had no sons, only daughters. This makes Ahlai either a daughter of Sheshan or part of a Hebrew text that is incomplete due to copying errors. Some would identify Ahlai with Sheshan's grandson Attai (1 Chronicles 2:35). Others think Sheshan changed his servant's Jarha's name to Ahlai when he made Jarha his son-in-law (1 Chronicles 2:35). No certain answer to Ahlai's identity has been offered. 2. Father of a valiant soldier of David (1 Chronicles 11:41).
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