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 they were associated with the moabites and the israelites. Five kings of the midianites were killed, as was balaam (numbers 31:8) this battle was one of the last things moses accomplished as leader of the israelites during the time of the judges, “the midianites, amalekites and other eastern peoples invaded the country” and plundered the land (judges 6:3. The bible depicts the midianites as largely a nomadic people the point is this: for the moabites to have been on such friendly terms with the midianites, the former also were probably still largely nomadic , since from time immemorial there has been strife between the inhabitants of the desert and the residents of the towns in agricultural areas.
All midianites are descended from midian and so they are directly descended from abraham and keturah, abraham’s wife those who were the sons of midian (ephah, epher, hanoch, abida, and eldaah) are also closely related to the midianites, being brothers, and are also considered midianites. And they took two princes of the midianites, oreb and zeeb and they slew oreb upon the rock oreb, and zeeb they slew at the winepress of zeeb, and pursued midian, and brought the heads of oreb and zeeb to gideon on the other side jordan.
Some commentators, for example the pulpit commentary and gill's exposition of the bible, have noted that god's command focused on attacking the midianites and not the moabites, and similarly moses in deuteronomy directed that the israelites should not harass the moabites. The story of gideon and his life begins with god allowing the israelites to be dominated, for seven years, by the midianites this was done as punishment for the people's sins (judges 6:1.
King james bible king james version (kjv) search the bible select a book then there passed by midianites merchantmen and they drew and lifted up joseph out of the pit, and sold joseph to the ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought joseph into egypt. Gideon in the bible is an old testament character everyone can identify with his life shows us how trusting in god can lead to great victories meet gideon: a doubter raised up by god.
Midianite, in the hebrew bible (old testament), the midianites traditionally have been identified as ishmaelites, in part because of an unclear passage in genesis (37:28) that refers to the traders to whom joseph was sold by his brothers as both midianites and ishmaelites in addition, the story of gideon in judges contains a verse (8:24. First, he orders moses to lead israel in a war against the midianites: and the lord spake unto moses, saying, avenge the children of israel of the midianites (vss 1-2) (vss 1-2) moses and the children of israel obey: and they warred against the midianites, as the lord commanded moses and they slew all the males.
In the bible story, gideon is introduced threshing grain in a winepress, a pit in the ground, so the marauding midianites did not see him god appeared to gideon as an angel and said, the lord is with you, mighty warrior.
Midian, midianitesmidian, midianites (heb מִדְיָנִים, מִדְיָן gen 37:28, מִדְיָנִים), name of a people or a group of (semi-) nomadic peoples in the bible (lxx, madian, or madiam 1qisa 60:6, מדים) the midianites are among the sons of abraham and keturah who were sent to the land of the east (gen 25:1–6. According to the book of genesis, the midianites were the descendants of midian, who was a son of abraham and his wife keturah: abraham took a wife, and her name was keturah and she bare him zimran, and jokshan, and medan, and midian, and ishbak, and shuah ( genesis 25:1–2, king james version . Good questionwhat about god’s cruelty against the midianites draft: may 15, 2001 the incident recorded in numbers 31 is frequently mentioned as an illustration of god’s cruelty or his “nature as a human fabrication of twisted minds. Midianites descendants of midian, a nomade race in arabia, numerous, and rich in flocks, herds, and camels, isaiah 60:6 the original and appropriate district of the midianites seems to have been on the east side of the elantic branch of the red sea, where the arabian geographers place the city midian, acts 7:29.