Aramean (Air´uh-mee´uhn)

1 Designation of a people occupying most of Syria in the second millennium BCE. Subsequent centuries found Israel at war with the Arameans in the times of the Israelite and Judean monarchies. 2 In Genesis, the people from whom Bethuel and Laban came (Bethuel was the father of Isaac’s wife, Rebekah; Laban was her brother). 3 According to an ancient Israelite confession of faith, Abraham was an Aramean (Deut 26:5). 4 The ancestry of the concubine of Manasseh, who bore Asriel and Machir, the father of Gilead (1Chr 7:14).

Deut 26:5

5you shall make this response before the Lord your God: “A wandering Aramean was my ancestor; he went down into Egypt and lived there as an alien, few in number ... View more

1Chr 7:14

Descendants of Manasseh
14The sons of Manasseh: Asriel, whom his Aramean concubine bore; she bore Machir the father of Gilead.

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