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After the Torah's account of Avraham's other sons, Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak and Shuah, being sent to the East with gifts, do we have any tradition about what became of them? Did they play any significant role in the continuation of history?

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He sent them away to the east – Double AA Oct 15 '13 at 20:13
What happened after that? – Kinnard Hockenhull Oct 15 '13 at 23:00
After that? Presumably they ate, slept, etc., and eventually died. – msh210 Oct 16 '13 at 4:32
This question would be stronger if you'd edit in a citation and description of whatever you already know about these people as well as an indication of why you want to know what else happened to them. – Isaac Moses Oct 16 '13 at 14:23
Hmm, I don't really know much else. Are the Midianites descended from Midian? I'm mostly just broadly curious if the tradition says anything about this. – Kinnard Hockenhull Oct 16 '13 at 17:05

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They went Eastward to the land of the East. I have heard that the gifts Avraham gave them was knowledge about hot to do things like yoga, chi, and all of those other mystical things that gurus do in India.

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wat............ – MoriDoweedhYaa3qob Feb 3 '14 at 5:40
"And to the sons of Abraham's concubines, Abraham gave gifts, and he sent them away from his son Isaac while he [Abraham] was still alive, eastward to the land of the East." When Rashi says "the name of impurity", he is referring to all of these Far Eastern magic things. Rashi: Our Sages explained that he gave them “the name of impurity” (Sanh. 91a). Another explanation: All that was given to him because of Sarah and the other gifts that were given to him, all these he gave to them, for he did not wish to benefit from them. – Clint Eastwood Feb 3 '14 at 13:53
so abraham 3alow sholom possessed magic? do you not see how that contradicts anything? lol.... – MoriDoweedhYaa3qob Feb 3 '14 at 20:46
tell me, what does it contradict? – Clint Eastwood Feb 3 '14 at 22:12
that fact that magic is not allowed in judaism. and the fact that there is no such a thing as magic – MoriDoweedhYaa3qob Feb 3 '14 at 23:04

They possibly were responsible for the synthesis of Hinduism. This can be found in two back-to-back verses in Genesis, Gen. 25:5 and 6. The translation of the first is “And Abraham gave everything he possessed to Issac.” The very next sentence is “And to the sons of Abraham’s concubines, Abraham gave gifts, and he sent them away… eastward, to the land of the East.” The obvious question, of course, is “If Abraham gave everything he possessed to Issac, what gifts did he have left to give to the sons of his concubines?” The answer is gifts of knowledge. (“Gifts” here is also spelled strangely to indicate that there is something unusual about them.) A short while (100-200 years) after they were sent out eastward to the land of the East, the Brahmins entered India from the northwest (traveling eastward). The name of BRaHMa is the same as aBRaHaM. The name of Brahma’s consort is Sara, as Abraham’s wife. (She is commonly called Sarasvati, but the suffix -svati is an honorific – the name itself is Sara.) Furthermore, the names of some cities in the northeast of India, where the Brahmins entered, are similar to some of the names of Abraham’s sons.

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Welcome to Mi Yodeya, Mr. (or Mrs.?) Goldstein. This is a very interesting suggestion. Could you provide any sources for it (both the Torah interpretation and the secular history)? – yEz May 5 '14 at 18:14
Kind of unbelievable. A source would help. A lot. – Seth J May 5 '14 at 21:02
I have seen references to this in various places and as a result of some google searches. However, I do not have authoratative links so I cannot put it in an answer. – sabbahillel Jun 22 '14 at 2:36

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