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Merran (Μερράν, Merran). Mentioned in the book of Baruch as either a place where “seekers for understanding” have failed to find wisdom or where merchants looking for wisdom come from (Baruch 3:23). The people of the region seem to have been known for either their wisdom or simply their wealth; their
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