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One part of the evidence for this is their name, which can mean ‘to forge’ or ‘a metalworker’, as it does in Arabic and Syriac. Another part of the evidence is that the eponymous ancestor of the Qenites, Cain, had a son who was the patron saint of metallurgy (Tubal-cain). 41 Then there is the traditional homeland of the Qenites to consider. e. When this circumstantial evidence is considered together with their nomadic lifestyle, one can see why it is so tempting to conclude that the Qenites were metalsmiths.

A. Musil, The Manners and Customs of the Rwala Bedouins (Oriental Explorations and Studies 6; New York: American Geographical Society, 1978) 281. 46. See Judg 4–5; 1 Sam 15:6. Whether 1 Sam 15 is mainly history or fiction is really beside the point, I think. 47. Frick, “The Rechabites Reconsidered,” 285. 48. Ibid. book Page 25 Friday, May 1, 2009 9:08 AM Israel and the Nomads of Ancient Palestine 25 Conclusions My survey of Israelite perspectives on nomads and the nomadic life is complete. What conclusions can be drawn from it?

52. Smith, The Origins of Biblical Monotheism, 143. book Page 27 Friday, May 1, 2009 9:08 AM David: Messianic King or Mercenary Ruler? John Van Seters Waterlook, Ontario Introduction The problem of David’s role in the formation of identity for the entity known in the biblical literature as “Israel” and for the people of Judah from the time of the Judean monarchy onward is bound up with the increasing recognition in recent years that the two states of Israel and Judah did not share a common origin, as the biblical tradition suggests.

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