Cleodemus Malchus

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Cleodemus Malchus (fl. 200 BCE) was a Jewish writer of whom only a few lines survive. He connects the inhabitants of Syria and North Africa with Abraham by identifying them as descendants of three sons whom Abraham had by Keturah: Apheran (the town of Aphra), Asoureim (the Assyrians), and Iaphran (Africa).[1] His work appears cited in a quote from Alexander Polyhistor referenced by Josephus in Antiquities of the Jews.[2]


  1. ^ Cleodemus Malchus - Prior to First Century B.C., Early Jewish Writings
  2. ^ Feldman, Louis H. (1996). Jewish Life and Thought Among Greeks and Romans: Primary Readings. Bloomsbury. p. 229. Retrieved 25 August 2019.