the son of Gilead
27:1 the son of Gilead. Gilead was a great grandson of Joseph and the progenitor of the Gileadites (Numbers 26:29). These granddaughters were given by Moses the mountainous area known by his name (Numbers 32:39). However, this region was already known as Mount Gilead in the days of Jacob (Genesis 31:21). It is possible that Gilead’s father gave him this name because he had heard of this desirable country while still in Egypt, encouraging young Gilead and his descendants to request it when they reached the promised land.