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The first son of Lamech by Adah. According to the tradition preserved in (Gen 4:20), Jabal was the founder of nomadism in the seventh generation after Adam. With his brothers, Jubal and Tubal-cain, he was thus considered an originator of ancient social patterns.

  • Powell, Mark Allan, ed. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary. Abridged Edition. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2009.