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Abida

Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception

Aaron – Aniconism

Volume 1
Editor(s): Hans-Josef Klauck, Volker Leppin, Bernard McGinn, Choon-Leong Seow, Hermann Spieckermann, Barry Dov Walfish, Eric J. Ziolkowski
De Gruyter (Berlin, New York) 2012

Abida is a son of Midian, whose mother was Keturah, a wife Abraham took after the death of Sarah (Gen 25 : 4; 1 Chr 1 : 33). Abida and his siblings are among the so-called “Arabian genealogies” relating these peoples to Abraham. As in the case of Ishmael, care is taken to emphasize in this passage that, while the children of Kethurah and their descendants are peoples connected with Abraham, they are only subordinate lines to that of Isaac. Therefore, Abida’s father, Midian, like his siblings, a…

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