(hay' dahr) Apparently a copyist's change of the name Hadad, a Syrian god, in
Genesis 36:39 and in some manuscripts of
Genesis 25:15. Translations differ on their readings, KJV reading Hadar in both cases. NIV, TEV read Hadad in both cases, while NAS, REB, NRSV retain Hadar in
Genesis 36:39 but Hadad in
Genesis 25:15. See Hadad. Parallel texts in 1 Chronicles read Hadad for both (1 Chronicles 1:30,
1 Chronicles 1:50-51). A reverent copyist may not have wanted to introduce the name of the pagan god into Genesis.
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