Harold R. Holmyard III
hholmyard at ont.com
Tue Jul 6 08:52:55 EDT 2004
Dear MIchael and Yigal,
This is somewhat out of my realm, but it seems I
may have just read Kenneth Kitchen saying that
Kushu was an Egyptian name for the Edomites, a
name reflected in the Bible as Kushan:
Hab. 3:7 I saw the tents of Cushan in distress,
the dwellings of Midian in anguish.
>I have not published any part of the paper yet.
>Checking the whole data down to the last point
>is an immensely painfull work, since this is a
>panorama of the history over literally the whole
>I give you right concerning the arabic mentions
>of Amalek, they can be followed down to the
>Koranic mentions. Mohammed should have had much
>to deal with the Amalekites turned to
>Jewishness, which he later expelled out of Mekka
>and Medinah toward Syria. We of course have no
>older mention of them in arabic literature,
>since this is the very oldest existing.
>However we can link these mentions with the ones
>in the roman and greek sources (for example
>Claudius Ptolemeus) pertaining to the same
>geographic region and slowly make thus the link
>to the Assyrian, and Biblical ones. It appears
>they were known to the Assyrians as the Meluhha,
>while at the same time known as the Amalek to
>the biblical writers.
>I´ll take your papers under sight. Of course you
>are right that the biblical Cush here has to be
>understood as the babylonian Kish. I place here
>no doubt. I however beleave there could be a
>link between the babylonian Kish, first seat of
>an all babylonian kingdom, and these widely
>dispersed semitic kusithes all around the
>fringes of this fabulous kingdom. THIS is of
>course just a supposition, while the Kish=Cush
>equation is certain.
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