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Kenites were a nomadic Middle Eastern tribe, which Genesis lists as one of the early tribes of Canaan. The name Kenite pertains to copper smiths; so this group of metal-smiths traveled throughout the mineral bearing region of Wadi Arabah, originally settled along the south western shore of the Dead Sea. They were descendants of the Midianites becoming skillful metal craftsmen. Some scholars believe that the theology of Moses was influenced by the Kenites through his father-in-law Jethro, and that this was the origin of the innovation of the god Yahweh, which is the Kenite hypothesis. A.G.H.


Bowker, John, The Oxford Dictionary of World Religions, New York, Oxford University Press, 1997, p. 541
Unger, Merrill F., Unger's Bible Dictionary, Chicago, Moody Press, 1966, p. 627

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