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Midian

(mĭd`ēən) or

Midianites

(–īts), in the Bible, a nomadic Bedouin people of N Arabia in what is S Jordan. They were associated with the Moabites and the Israelites. Moses took refuge with them and married the daughter of their priest Jethro. They were defeated by the Hebrews after they gave refuge to Balaam, whose advice to the Midianites led to the disastrous Baal-peorBaal-peor
, in the Bible, local divinity (the Baal) of Peor. According to the Book of Numbers, the Hebrews stayed at Shittim during the wilderness wanderings. While there, Hebrew men had sexual relationships with the local Moabite women.
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 incident. The defeat of the Midianites by Gideon became the precedent for God's final victory over his enemies. In the Acts of the Apostles, they are called Madian.

Midian

Old Testament
1. a son of Abraham (Genesis 25:1--2)
2. a nomadic nation claiming descent from him
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In the following battle against the Midianites, the Israelites capture many donkeys and sheep and much cattle (Num.
They may have learned to honor Yahweh from the Midianites.
Well at least Gideon can form them into some type of sleuthing guerilla group that could slink underground in small groups of two or three and begin to assassinate the Midianites one by one with shards of glass from their pitchers.
Gideon believes that he has been called to lead an army against the Midianites.
The lingering question is: After the Israelites were hit by a divine plague caused by succumbing to those temptresses, was the attack they launched on the Midianites a justifiable military response, or did they act disproportionately?
The Yahweh-worshipping Midianites and Kenites had their homeland in "northwestern Arabia east of the Gulf of Aqabah," he writes on page 28.
Ruth, an non-believer, was one of Jesus' own ancestors, the foreign slaving Midianites made it possible for Joseph to end up in Egypt, and God used the unbelieving Cyrus to return the Jews to their promised land.
In this case Radyvilovs'kyi makes reference to Numbers 25: 16-18: "And the Lord spoke unto Moses, saying, vex the Midianites, and smite them: For they vex you with their wiles, wherewith they have beguiled you .
SLAITHWAITE The Methodist Bible Study Group met on Monday evening they were led by Iain Spencer and studied Judges and the Story of how Gideon, obeying the instructions of God defeated the Midianites.
In other words, the Jews were to conquer and displace other tribes who had been long possessors of the land now called Palestine, and even other tribes further south such as the Midianites.
36) The pendants Battle of Joshua with the Amalekites (State Hermitage, St Petersburg) and Battle of Joshua with the Amorites (Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow), and a third, perhaps painted en suite with the former two, The Battle of Gideon wit the Midianites (or Madianites) (Pinacoteca, Vancan).
Philosopher Peter Singer, in One World: the Ethics of Globalization, offers an answer using the Bible story of how Moses, in Numbers 31:1-18, makes war for no apparent reason against the Midianites, burning all their cities and killing all the adults and male children.