Take the 2-minute tour ×
Mi Yodeya is a question and answer site for those who base their lives on Jewish law and tradition and anyone interested in learning more. It's 100% free, no registration required.

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?

share|improve this question
He sent them away to the east mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt0125.htm#6 –  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
show 1 more comment

1 Answer

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.

share|improve this answer
wat............ –  MoriDoweedhYaa3gob Feb 3 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 at 13:53
so abraham 3alow sholom possessed magic? do you not see how that contradicts anything? lol.... –  MoriDoweedhYaa3gob Feb 3 at 20:46
tell me, what does it contradict? –  Clint Eastwood Feb 3 at 22:12
that fact that magic is not allowed in judaism. and the fact that there is no such a thing as magic –  MoriDoweedhYaa3gob Feb 3 at 23:04
show 1 more comment

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.