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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.
"The obedient of God"--the term by which Jethro identifies his people--is a literal rendering of the Arabic word "Muslim." Jethro and the Midianites are thus identified as Ishmaelites, the monotheistic descendants of Ishmael, the son of Abraham.
The articles by Gass deal with critical and historical questions concerning peoples who appear in Judges: Amalekites, Kenites, the locale Maon and the Meuintes, Midianites, and the standard Deuteronomistic catalog of seven peoples, with special attention given to Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites.
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.
On the way from Egypt to the promised land, Moses said God was telling him to order his army when they fought the Midianites to kill all the women and children.
The lectionary fails to include other potent sections of that book, including the ruthless destruction of the enemy kings whose hearts were duly hardened, and the chilling story of Moses's massacre of the Midianites. Preachers thus have no need to explain to their flocks why Moses ordered his warriors to wipe out the Midianite people, but to leave alive those girls who remained untainted by sex.
Gideon believes that he has been called to lead an army against the Midianites. Jael, in "Sisera," believes she has been selected to fulfill Deborah's prophecy that the Canaanite general would be captured by a woman.
The Midianites' brand of diplomacy was less about handshakes than a kind of spiritual warfare that involved acquiring the Israelite-cursing services of a donkey-riding prophet (though they seem to have been mostly going along with the Moabites on this one) and having their women seduce Israelite men.
The Yahweh-worshipping Midianites and Kenites had their homeland in "northwestern Arabia east of the Gulf of Aqabah," he writes on page 28.
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. Women's Fellowship met on Tuesday, Betty Whitwam was in the chair and led prayers, Rev Jo Archer-Siddal presided over the AGM, secretary Pauline Gee gave a report on the year's work, the committee were thanked by Rev Jo and all were re-elected with the addition of the Fellowship treasurer Dot Crowder being assisted by Betty Robshaw who will be assisted by Bessie Whitwam as the Network treasurer.
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.