List of minor biblical tribes

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This list contains tribes or other groups of people named in the Bible of minor notability, about whom either nothing or very little is known, aside from any family connections.

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Apharsachites[edit]

A company of the colonists whom the Assyrian king planted in Samaria (Ezra 5:6-7).

Apharsites[edit]

Another of the tribes removed to Samaria, or perhaps the same as the Apharsachites (Ezra 4:9).

Arkites[edit]

See also Canaan (son of Ham)

Arkites, also Archites were descendants of Canaan, according to Genesis 10:17 and 1 Chronicles 1:15, and were also inhabitants of the land of Canaan, according to Joshua 16:2. David's friend Hushai was an Arkite (2 Samuel 15:32). The Arkites inhabited Arqa, a city in the north of what is now Lebanon.

Arvadites[edit]

See also Canaan (son of Ham)

Arvadites were descendants of Canaan, according to Genesis 10:18 and 1 Chronicles 1:16. They inhabited Arvad/Arwad, an island city that is now part of Syria.

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Girgashites[edit]

Girgashites, or Girgasites, were descendants of Canaan, according to Genesis 10:16 and 1 Chronicles 1:14, and they also were inhabitants of the land of Canaan, according to Genesis 15:21, Deuteronomy 7:1, Joshua 3:10, 24:11, and Nehemiah 9:8. At times, they are not listed along with the other Canaanite tribes inhabiting the Holy Land; according to some, such as Rashi,[1] this is because they left the Land of Israel before the Israelites returned from Egypt.

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Hamathites[edit]

See also Canaan (son of Ham)

Hamathites were descendants of Canaan, according to Genesis 10:18 and 1 Chronicles 1:16. They inhabited the Kingdom of Hamath, located in what is now western Syria and northern Lebanon.

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Lehabim[edit]

Lehabim were a people descended from Mizraim, according to Genesis 10:13, 1 Chronicles 1:11. See Lubims, Libu, and Ancient Libya.

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Naphtuhim[edit]

Naphtuhim were a people descended from Mizraim, according to Genesis 10:13, 1 Chronicles 1:11.

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Sinites[edit]

Sinites were a people descended from Canaan, son of Ham, according to Genesis 10:17 and 1 Chronicles 1:15. Some made the suggestion that they settled in the distant land of Sinim, a land mentioned in Isaiah 49:12 thought by some to be China.[2] Some contemporary sources think that the Chinese were the descendants of Shem, not of Ham.[citation needed] Most authorities however consider the identity of Sinites uncertain, but that they are possibly a people from the northern part of Lebanon where there are various localities with similar names, such as Sinna, Sinum or Sini, and Syn.[3][4][5]

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Zemarites[edit]

See also Canaan (son of Ham)

Zemarites were descendants of Canaan, according to Genesis 10:18 and 1 Chronicles 1:16. They inhabited Zemar, a city near the coast of present-day Syria.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Rashi on Ex. 33:2, 34:11.
  2. ^ "Out of which of Noah’s three sons did the Chinese race come from?". Bibles.org. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 
  3. ^ John Kitto (ed.). A cyclopædia of biblical literature. p. 773. 
  4. ^ Sir William Smith, John Mee Fuller, eds. (1893). Encyclopaedic dictionary of the Bible. p. 1327. 
  5. ^ "Sinites". NetBible. 

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainEaston, Matthew George (1897). "article name needed". Easton's Bible Dictionary (New and revised ed.). T. Nelson and Sons.