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Midian
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A region southeast of Israel settled by the descendants of Midian, son of Abraham (Gen 25:2). The inhabitants of Midian were apparently friendly to the Hebrews at one time—Moses married a daughter of a Midianite priest (e.g., Exod 3:1). However, the Midianites later opposed Israel along with the Moabites, hiring Balaam to curse Israel (Num 22:4–7). They also oppressed Israel during the time of the judges (Judg 6:1–2).
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Midian
Midian (מִדְיָן‎, midyan). A region southeast of Israel settled by the descendants of Midian, son of Abraham (Gen 25:2). The inhabitants of Midian were apparently friendly to the Hebrews at one time—Moses married a daughter of a Midianite priest (e.g., Exod 3:1). However, the Midianites later opposed
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Midian
MIDIAN [MID ee un] — the name of a man and a territory in the Old Testament:1. A son of Abraham by his concubine Keturah (Gen. 25:1–6). Midian had four sons (1 Chr. 1:33).2. The land inhabited by the descendants of Midian. Situated east of the Jordan River and the Dead Sea, the land stretched southward
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
MIDIAN; MIDIANITES
MIDIAN; MIDIANITES<mid’-i-an>, <mid’-i-an-its> (מִדַיָן‎ [midhyan], מִדַיָנִים‎ [midhyanim]; [Μαδιάμ, Madiam], [Μαδιηναι̂οι, Madienaioi]):
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Midian
Midʹi-an, the country of the Midianites, lying at first on the east side of the Elanitic Gulf of the Red Sea, and afterward on both sides of the gulf. It embraced the region south and east of Edom and Moab and the peninsula of Sinai. When Moses had killed the Egyptian he fled to “the land of Midian” (Ex.
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Midian, Midianites
MIDIAN, MIDIANITES (Mĭdʹ ĭ ȧn, Mĭdʹ ĭ ȧn īts). Personal and clan name meaning “strife.” Midian was the son of Abraham by his concubine Keturah (Gen. 25:2). Abraham sent him and his brothers away to the east, leading to the association of the Midianites with the “children of the east” (Judg. 6:3).
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Midian, Midianites
MIDIAN, midʹi-an, MIDIANITES, midʹi-an-īts (מִדְיָן‎, midhyān, מִדְיָנִים‎, midhyānīm; Μαδιάμ, Madiám, Μαδιηναῖοι, Madiēnaioi): Midian was a son of Abraham by his concubine Keturah.
All the People in the Bible: An A–Z Guide to the Saints, Scoundrels, and Other Characters in Scripture
Midian
Midian [mid-i-un] (מדין, meaning unknown): a son of Abraham and Keturah; the eponymous ancestor of the Midianites (Gen. 25:2)
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