Elders of Midian
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A people group in the southeast Levant, characterized in the Old Testament as descendants of Midian, Abraham’s son by his second wife, Keturah.
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The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Elder in the OT;Elder
Elder in the OT [Heb. zāqēn—‘beard’; cf. Akk. ziqnu; Ugar. dqn; etc.]; AV also ANCIENT. An elderly person; also, an authority, or a person with judicial office. It is commonly accepted that the origin of this latter meaning is to be sought in the ancient patriarchal family institution of the Hebrews.
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
MIDIANITES. They consisted of five families, linked to Abraham through Midian, son of the concubine Keturah. Abraham sent them away, with all his other sons by concubines, into the E (Gn. 25:1–6). Thus the Midianites are found inhabiting desert borders in Transjordan from Moab down past Edom.They were
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
MIDIAN; MIDIANITES A country in the northwestern part of the Arabian peninsula, along the Gulf of Elath, bordered by Edom to the north and the Arabian kingdoms to the south. At times the Midianites controlled parts of the Arabah, the Negev and Sinai. It was in Sinai that Moses met Jethro, the priest
Catholic Bible Dictionary
MIDIANITES A people of northwest Arabia who had an important role in the early history of Israel. Midian was the son of Abraham and Keturah, Abraham’s second wife (Gen 25:1–2; 1 Chr 1:32). Moses fled from Egypt and went to Midian, where he married Zipporah and developed a trusting relationship with his
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
MID´IANITES (midʹi-an-īts). A race dwelling S and E of Palestine, in the desert N of the Arabian peninsula. There are no trustworthy accounts of Midian outside the Bible. In Scripture, Midian appears in connection with (1) Abraham, (2) Joseph, (3) Moses, (4) Balaam, and (5) Gideon.1. In Gen. 25:1–2
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Midianite—an Arabian tribe descended from Midian. They inhabited principally the desert north of the peninsula of Arabia. The peninsula of Sinai was the pasture-ground for their flocks. They were virtually the rulers of Arabia, being the dominant tribe. Like all Arabians, they were a nomad people. They
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
MidianitesMidianites (midʹee-uhn-īts), descendants of Midian, a son of Abraham and his concubine Keturah (Gen. 25:1–2). When Abraham expelled Isaac’s rivals ‘to the east country,’ Midian was included (Gen. 25:6). Thus, the Midianites were counted among the ‘people of the East’ (Judg. 6:3, 33; 7:12),
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
MIDIANITES [MID ee un ites] — a nomadic people who were enemies of the Israelites in Old Testament times. The Midianites were distantly related to the Israelites, since they sprang from Midian, one of the sons of Abraham. But they usually were foes rather than friends of the Hebrew people. Abraham sent
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
ELDER IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
ELDER IN THE OLD TESTAMENT<el’-der>, ([זָקֵן, zaqen]): Among primitive peoples authority seems naturally to be invested in those who by virtue of greater age and, consequently, experience are best fitted to govern thus Iliad iii.149. Later the idea of age became merged in that of dignity (Il. ii.404,
MIDIAN; MIDIANITES<mid’-i-an>, <mid’-i-an-its> (מִדַיָן [midhyan], מִדַיָנִים [midhyanim]; [Μαδιάμ, Madiam], [Μαδιηναι̂οι, Madienaioi]):
Ecclesiastical Dictionary: Containing, in Concise Form, Information upon Ecclesiastical, Biblical, Archæological, and Historical Subjects
Madianites.—An Arabian tribe settled in the northern part of the Syro-Arabian desert. In Gen. 25:2 the Madianites are represented as descendants of Abraham and Cethura. They harassed the Israelites in the period of the Judges, crossing the Jordan with their hordes and despoiling the country, until they
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Midʹi-an-ites, the descendants of Midian, the fourth son of Abraham and Keturah (Gen. 25:2). They constituted a very powerful Arab tribe and wielded for many generations an immense influence. Fierce warriors and unscrupulous robbers, they were also shepherds and traders. They carried on with Egypt, in