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Keturah

Keturah [N] [H] [S]

incense, the wife of Abraham, whom he married probably after Sarah's death ( Genesis 25:1-6 ), by whom he had six sons, whom he sent away into the east country. Her nationality is unknown. She is styled "Abraham's concubine" ( 1 Chronicles 1:32 ). Through the offshoots of the Keturah line Abraham became the "father of many nations."

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M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
[H] indicates this entry was also found in Hitchcock's Bible Names
[S] indicates this entry was also found in Smith's Bible Dictionary

Bibliography Information

Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for Keturah". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .

Keturah [N] [E] [S]

that makes the incense to fume
Hitchcock's Dictionary of Bible Names. Public Domain. Copy freely.

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[E] indicates this entry was also found in Easton's Bible Dictionary
[S] indicates this entry was also found in Smith's Bible Dictionary

Bibliography Information

Hitchcock, Roswell D. "Entry for 'Keturah'". "An Interpreting Dictionary of Scripture Proper Names". . New York, N.Y., 1869.

Keturah [N] [E] [H]

(incense ), the wife of Abraham after the death of Sarah. ( Genesis 25:1 ; 1 Chronicles 1:32 ) (B.C. 1860.)


[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
[E] indicates this entry was also found in Easton's Bible Dictionary
[H] indicates this entry was also found in Hitchcock's Bible Names

Bibliography Information

Smith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Keturah'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary". . 1901.

KETURAH

ke-tu'-ra, ke-too'-ra (qeTurah; Chettoura, "incense"):

The second wife of Abraham (Genesis 25:1; 1 Chronicles 1:32). According to the Biblical tradition, he contracted this second marriage after the death of Sarah (compare Genesis 23), and very likely after the marriage of Isaac (compare Genesis 24). It is not improbable that, as some writers have suggested, this change in the life of his son prompted Abraham to remarry in order to overcome the feeling of lonesomeness caused by Isaac's entering the state of matrimony.

1 Chronicles 1:32 (and also Genesis 25:6) shows us that Keturah was not considered to be of the same dignity as Sarah who, indeed, was the mother of the son of promise, and, for obvious reasons, the sons of Abraham's concubines were separated from Isaac. She was the mother of 6 sons representing Arab tribes South and East of Palestine (Genesis 25:1-6), so that through the offspring of Keturah Abraham became "the father of many nations."

William Baur


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Bibliography Information
Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'KETURAH'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.