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ABRAHAMIC TRIBES.

From Abraham also came (1.) the Ishmaelites, a nomadic race, who occupied the "Syrian Desert," and traded between Arabia and Egypt (Gen. xxxvii. 25). (II.) The children of Keturah, to whom he gave portions in Aram, E. of Jordan; of whom the principal were the Midianites, living in the mountain wilderness of Arabia to the W. of the Gulf of Akaba, one of the earliest foes of the Israelites (Judg. vi.). To these were subsequently added the descendants of Esau: (1) the Edomites, who lived in Mount Seir, to the S. of the Dead Sea, afterwards called from them Idumæa; (2) the Amalekites, dwelling in the northern part of the wilderness of Sinai.

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