Midian, son of Abraham

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According to the Hebrew Bible, Midian (Hebrew: מִדְיָן Miḏyān) is the fourth son of Abraham by Keturah,[1] the woman Abraham married after Sarah's death. His brothers are Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Ishbak and Shuah.

Josephus records that "Abraham contrived to settle them in colonies; and they took possession of Troglodytis and the country of Arabia the Happy, as far as it reaches to the Red Sea."[2]

He is generally considered ancestral to the Midianite people[3] found in later portions of the Hebrew scriptures.


  1. ^ 1 Chronicles 1.32
  2. ^ Josephus, Flavius, Antiquities, 1.15.1
  3. ^ Genesis 25:1-2.