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. This belief is completely unfounded due to the fact that the supposed Western derivation of "Sin" from "Qin" (dynasty in ancient China) lacks linguistic support. Furthermore, contemporary sources overwhelmingly agree that the Chinese were the descendants of Shem, not of Ham. [2] 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.