Jokshan

Jokshan

Jokshan, in the Bible, son of Abraham.
Jokshan ("an offense", "hardness", or "a knocking"); most probably Josephus' Jazar. He was the second son of Abraham and his concubine Keturah, whom he wed after the death of Sarah. Jokshan had five other brothers: Zimran, Medan, Midian, Ishbak and Shuah ; as well as two half brothers:Ismael and Isaac.

Josephus records that "Abraham contrived to settle them in colonies; and they took possession of Troglodytis and the country of Arabia the Happy, as far as it reaches to the Red Sea. Abraham in all probability, tried to keep them apart from Isaac to avoid conflict while fulfilling God's commision to spread out and inhabit the globe. It is thought that Jokshan peopled part of Arabia, specifically Yemen, and to be the person whom the Arabians called Qahtan and acknowledged as the head of their nation.

Jokshan became the father of Sheba and Dedan. Dedan had three sons, named Asshurim, Letushim, and Leummim.

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