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Midian (region)
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
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 failure to find wisdom is used as a way to exhort Israel to find wisdom in God.
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Merran
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
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
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Merran (Place)
MERRAN (PLACE) [Gk Merran (Μερραν)]. This name (only in Bar 3:23, linked there with Teman) designates an area known for its wisdom. The word probably is a corruption of the name Midian. (In Heb, the similarity between the reš and dalet could cause a mistake in reading the middle letter of this word.)
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Merran
Merran merʹən [Gk Merran] (Bar. 3:23); AV MERAN. A place name that seems unidentifiable as it stands. Probably the name is the result of a transcription error in the Hebrew original by which ד‎ (d) was read as ר‎ (r). If so, the correct reading would be Meddan, probably meaning MIDIAN (cf. Gen. 37:36).
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
MERRAN
MERRAN<mer’-an> ([Μερράν, Merran]; the King James Version Meran): Many identifications have been suggested on the assumption that the text as it stands is correct. Some of these are the Sidonian Meareh (Grotius), Marane, a city of which Pliny speaks as being near the Red Sea (Keil), and the desert
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 Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 4, M–P
Merran
Merran mer’uhn (Μερραν). A place whose merchants are mentioned alongside those of Teman as people who “have not learned the way to wisdom” (Bar. 3:23; KJV “Meran”). Many scholars believe that the original Hebrew had mdyn (Midian) and that the Greek translator misread the d as r.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Merran
MERRAN, merʹan (Μερράν, Merran; AV Meran): Many identifications have been suggested on the assumption that the text as it stands is correct. Some of these are the Sidonian Meareh (Grotius), Marane, a city of which Pliny speaks as being near the Red Sea (Keil), and the desert of Mahrah in Arabia (Fritzsche).
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)
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
MERRAN
MERRAN mer´uhn [Μερράν Merran]. A city along with TEMAN in Edom known for wisdom (Bar 3:23). The name may actually have been a misreading of MEDAN or Midian.