Banyai at t-online.de
Tue Jul 6 09:08:00 EDT 2004
while I would not accept the judgement of Kitchen on the whole (the Midianites/Kushites where dwelling among the Edomites as we well know - so he might err in the fine detail) I am interested about the context of the statement.
Habakuk is exactly one of the sources to identify Midian with Kush/Kushan.
> 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.
> Harold Holmyard
> >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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