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Kenites
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A tribe of the 11th and 10th centuries bce that later assimilated into the tribe of Judah (Tribes of Israel). The area in which it settled (Judg 1:16f.; 1 Sam 30:29) and which it patrolled (1 Sam 27:10) lay south of the Judean hills. A Kenite clan is also attested in the plain of Jezreel during the same period (Judg 5:24; 4:11, 17). The name is derived more convincingly from “smith” in Aramaic (see Gen 4:22) than from “spear” in Hebrew. The geographical disparity of these references eithe…

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Knauf, Ernst Axel, “Kenites”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_11476>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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