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rechabites in the Bible

the descendants of Rechab through Jonadab or Jehonadab. They belonged to the Kenites, who accompanied the children of Israel into Palestine, and dwelt among them. Moses married a Kenite wife (Judg. 1:16), and Jael was the wife of "Heber the Kenite" (4:17). Saul also showed kindness to the Kenites (1 Sam. 15:6). The main body of the Kenites dwelt in cities, and adopted settled habits of life (30:29); but Jehonadab forbade his descendants to drink wine or to live in cities. They were commanded to lead always a nomad life. They adhered to the law laid down by Jonadab, and were noted for their fidelity to the old-established custom of their family in the days of Jeremiah (35); and this feature of their character is referred to by the prophet for the purpose of giving point to his own exhortation. They are referred to in Neh. 3:14 and 1 Chr. 2:55. Dr. Wolff (1839) found in Arabia, near Mecca, a tribe claiming to be descendants of Jehonadab; and recently a Bedouin tribe has been found near the Dead Sea who also profess to be descendants of the same Kenite chief.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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  • Do you fancy you are joining a society of rechabites or Carmelites, or mediƦval rubbish of that kind.

    The Crack of Doom Robert Cromie
  • We know nothing else of the early history of the rechabites.

  • Even the hardy nomad rechabites had to fly before the Chaldans, and to take refuge in the cities which they hated.

    The Expositor's Bible F. W. Farrar
  • Various parallels have been found to the customs of the rechabites.

  • The tribal customs of the rechabites had no authority whatever over him.

  • Surely according to the wisdom of this world, the rechabites were foolish enough.

    Discipline Charles Kingsley
  • The rechabites had received no special revelation; they had not been appealed to by numerous prophets.

  • It was Elisha who, with the help of the rechabites, launched the revolution of Jehu.

    Hebrew Life and Times Harold B. Hunting
  • Among the rechabites, the descendants of the father-in-law of Moses, we find similar decrees.

    Woman and Socialism August Bebel
  • The ball was given, in a large square building belonging to the rechabites, situated in the upper part of the town.

    A Boy's Voyage Round the World The Son of Samuel Smiles

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