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Jokshan (Hebrew: יָקשָׁןyoqšān). According to the Bible he was a son of Abraham and his either wife[1] or concubine[2] Keturah, whom he wed after the death of Sarah.[3] Jokshan had five brothers: Zimran, Medan, Midian, Ishbak and Shuah;[4] as well as two half brothers: Ishmael and Isaac. He was Keturah's second son and Abraham's fourth.

Josephus records that "Abraham contrived to settle them in colonies; and they took possession of Troglodytis and the country of Arabia Felix, as far as it reaches to the Red Sea."[5] Abraham in all probability, tried to keep them apart from Isaac to avoid conflict while fulfilling God's commission to spread out and inhabit the globe.[6][7][8]

Jokshan became the father of Sheba and Dedan. Dedan had three sons, named Asshurim, Letushim, and Leummim.[9]

In his "History of the Prophets and Kings", Tabari says that the wife of the North Arabian ancestor Adnan, Mahdad bint Laham, was a descendant of Jokshan.


  1. ^ Genesis 25:1
  2. ^ 1Chronicles 1:32
  3. ^ Genesis 25:2–6
  4. ^ Genesis 25:1–6
  5. ^ Josephus, Flavius, Antiquities, 1.15.1
  6. ^ Genesis 1:27,28
  7. ^ Genesis 9:1
  8. ^ Josephus, Flavius, Antiquities, 1.4.1-3
  9. ^ Genesis 25:3
  • Calmet, Augustin (1837). Calmet's Dictionary of the Holy Bible. Boston: Crocker & Brewster. LCC BS440.C3.