Hence we find them taking part with Ammonites and Midianites (Judg.
The Priestly Code 3 has a different story to Balaam, in which he advises the Midianites how they may bring disaster on Israel by seducing the people Quoted Neh.
17), and although it shares with Zebulun and Naphtali in Gideon's defeat of the Midianites (Judg.
But if this were actual fact, how could the Midianites have ever reappeared in history?
Joseph incurs the ill-will of his brethren because of Israel's partiality or because of his significant dreams. He is at Shechem or at Dothan; and when the brothers seek to slay him, Judah proposes that he should be sold to Ishmaelites, or Reuben suggests that he should be cast into a pit, where Midianites find and kidnap him (xxxvii., cf.
the Midianites) is a son of Abraham; Canaan is a son of Ham (ix.
16), and the variant tradition would seem to show that the Kenites were only a branch of the Midianites (see Jethro, Midian).
But the genealogical relations were rather with the Edomites, Midianites and other peoples of North Arabia and the eastern desert than with Egypt proper, and this is indicated by the expressions that "they dwelt from Havilah unto Shur that is east of Egypt, and he settled to the eastward of his brethren" (see MIZRAIM).
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