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An obscure Semitic clan listed among the pre-Israelite inhabitants of the land in Gen. 15: 19.

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (3 rev. ed.)

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...Kenites . An obscure Semitic clan which belonged to the S. of Palestine and is listed among the pre-Israelite inhabitants of the land in Gen. 15: 19 . It has several associations with the Hebrews, esp. with the tribe of Judah : Moses ' father-in-law was a Kenite ( Jgs. 1: 16 ), Jael the Kenite is responsible for the death of Sisera, the enemy of Israel ( Jgs. 4–5 ), and the Rechabites were apparently of Kenite origin. It has sometimes been held that the Kenites exercised an important influence on the shaping of Hebrew religion (the ‘Kenite hypothesis’...

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A Dictionary of the Bible (2 ed.)

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... One of the groups in * Canaan before the Israelite occupation (Gen. 15: 19), to which Moses' wife's father belonged (Judg. 1: 16). It has been suggested that the * worship of Yahweh came to Israel from the Kenites. An association of Kenites with Israel is suggested by * Saul 's friendly dealings with them (1 Sam 15: 6) and the presents sent to them by David (1 Sam. 30: 29). This relationship continued after the Exile (Neh. 3: 14), when a * Rechabite repaired a gate; the Rechabites (Jer. 35) were Kenites (1 Chron. 2:...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (3 ed.)

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... . An obscure Semitic clan listed among the pre-Israelite inhabitants of the land in Gen. 15:...

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The Oxford Guide to People and Places of the Bible

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... . The Kenites are portrayed in biblical tradition as staunch supporters of Israel and Yahwism who were never fully incorporated into Israelite society. Their status as a marginal group is implied in Judges 4.17–22 and 5.24–27, where the house of Heber the Kenite is portrayed as having peaceful relations with the tribes of Israel as well as Jabin the king of Hazor , Israel's enemy. Some relation to Israel is also suggested in Judges 1.16, where the Kenites are said to have settled with the people of Judah in the Negeb near Arad. The positive relationship...

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The Oxford Companion to the Bible

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... . The Kenites are portrayed in biblical tradition as staunch supporters of Israel and Yahwism who were never fully incorporated into Israelite society. Their status as a marginal group is implied in Judges 4.17–22 and 5.24–27 , where the house of Heber the Kenite is portrayed as having peaceful relations with the tribes of Israel as well as Jabin the king of Hazor , Israel's enemy. Some relation to Israel is also suggested in Judges 1.16 , where the Kenites are said to have settled with the people of Judah in the Negeb near Arad ( cf. 1 Sam. ...

Kenites

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An obscure Semitic clan listed among the pre-Israelite inhabitants of the land in Gen. 15: 19.
Kenite

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions

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2003
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... . A nomadic Middle Eastern tribe. Some scholars have maintained that the theology of Moses was influenced by the Kenites through his father-in-law Jethro, and that this is the origin of the innovation of the god Yahweh ; this is the Kenite...

Tubalcain

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A forger of instruments of copper and iron (Gen. 4: 22) and a descendant of Cain. The Kenites were believed to derive their origins from him.
Sisera

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Commander of an army opposing Israel (Judg. 4–5). The decisive battle was fought at Taanach; a sudden storm of rain and rising flood waters were Israel's salvation and Sisera's forces were routed. ...
Negeb

Negeb  

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A dry area in the south of Judah through which were several roads of strategic importance; many villages were built there as defences. At the time of the Exodus Amalekites dwelt in the Negeb (Num. ...
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Numerous crafts and industries developed during the medieval period, including textiles, the hide and leather industry, mining and metal processing, woodworking crafts of various kinds, food ...
Rechabites

Rechabites  

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A religious group in Israel, founded by Jehonadab, the son of Rechab, who persuaded Jehu to abolish Tyrian Baal worship (2 Kings 10). The Rechabites represented a protest against Canaanite ...
Cain

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The elder son of Adam and Eve. Cain offered fruits of the earth (he was a farmer) to the Lord, but they were rejected; whereas his brother Abel offered meat, which was accepted (Gen. 4). How the ...
Tubalcain

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A Dictionary of the Bible (2 ed.)

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...A forger of instruments of copper and iron (Gen. 4: 22) and a descendant of * Cain . The * Kenites were believed to derive their origins from...

Sisera

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A Dictionary of the Bible (2 ed.)

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...Commander of an army opposing Israel (Judg. 4–5). The decisive battle was fought at Taanach; a sudden storm of rain and rising flood waters were Israel's salvation and Sisera's forces were routed. Sisera sought refuge in the tent of * Jael , a Kenite woman, who pretended to offer the proper hospitality but killed him while he slept (Judg. 4: 17–22; 5:...

Jael

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A Dictionary of the Bible (2 ed.)

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...Wife of Heber the Kenite (Judg. 4: 17); she invited * Sisera , commander of the * Canaanite army of King Jabin of * Hazor , into her tent as he fled from the battle in defeat. While he was sleeping, she drove a tent-peg into his temple. The exploit gave Israel protection from the Canaanites and is memorably celebrated in the song of * Deborah , a prophetess who had lent her support to the victorious campaign (Judg. 5:...

Negeb

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The Oxford Guide to People and Places of the Bible

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.... The Negeb is a mountainous desert south of Judah between the Arabah and the Mediterranean Sea. Its name means “dryness” but can also be synonymous with “the south.” Abraham and Isaac sojourned there. The Amalekites , Jerahmeelites, Kenites (or Kenizzites), Cherethites , and Calebites dwelt there. After the conquest of Canaan, it was allotted to Simeon , but eventually incorporated into Judah (“Negeb of Judah at Beer-sheba”). The Bible depicts it as desolate although habitable. Archaeological evidence shows the Negeb was settled, at times...

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The Oxford Companion to the Bible

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...Arabah and the Mediterranean Sea ( Map 1:V–X6–7 ). Its name means “dryness” but can also be synonymous with “the south” ( Gen. 28.14 ). Abraham and Isaac sojourned there ( Gen. 12.9 ; 13.1–3 ; 20.1 ; 24.62 ; 26.17–23 ). The Amalekites ( Num 13.29 ), Jerahmeelites, Kenites (or Kenizzites), Cherethites , and Calebites ( 1 Sam. 27.10 ; 30.14 ) dwelt there. After the conquest of Canaan , it was allotted to Simeon ( Josh. 19.1–9 ; 1 Chron. 4.28–33 ), but eventually incorporated into Judah ( 1 Sam. 27.10 ; “Negeb of Judah at Beer‐sheba,” 2...

Rechabites

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The Oxford Companion to the Bible

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2004
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...as Rechab, and it may be that the Rechabites were a guild of chariot‐makers. If so, their preference for tents might have resulted from their need to travel to the sources of metal ore. In other references, we learn that the Rechabites may have been related to the seminomadic Kenites ( 1 Chron. 2.55 ). Malchijah , the son of Rechab, governed a district in the postexilic period ( Neh. 3.14 ). The Mishnah indicates that in the Second Temple period a special day was set aside for the Rechabites to bring the wood offering ( Taʿan. 4.5). William B. Nelson,...

Rechabites

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The Oxford Guide to People and Places of the Bible

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2002
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...as Rechab, and it may be that the Rechabites were a guild of chariot-makers. If so, their preference for tents might have resulted from their need to travel to the sources of metal ore. In other references, we learn that the Rechabites may have been related to the seminomadic Kenites . Malchijah, the son of Rechab, governed a district in the postexilic period. The Mishnah indicates that in the Second Temple period a special day was set aside for the Rechabites to bring the wood offering ( Ta c an . 4.5). William B. Nelson,...

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