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[some Kem'uel] (Heb. Kemuel', קְמוּאֵל , perhaps helper of God, otherwise assembly of God; Sept. Καμουήλ), the name of three men.

1. The third son of Abraham's brother Nahor, and father of six sons (Genesis 22:21), all unknown except the last, Bethuel, who was the father of Laban and Rebekah (Genesis 24:15). B.C. cir. 2090. As the name of. Aram, the first-born, is also the Hebrew name of Syria, some commentators have most strangely conceived that the Syrians were descended from him; but Syria was already peopled ere he was born, Laban (Genesis 28:5,) and Jacob (Deuteronomy 26:5) being both called " Syrians," although neither of them was descended from Kemuel's son Aram. The misconception originated with the Septuagint, which in this case renders אֲבַי אֲרִם," father of Aram," by πατέρα Σύρων , "father of the Syrians." (See ARAM).

2. Son of Shiphtan and phylarch of Ephraim, appointed commissioner on behalf of that tribe to partition the land of Canaan (Numbers 34:24). B.C. 1618.

3. A Levite, father of Hashabiah, which latter was one of the royal officers under David and Solomon (1 Chronicles 27:17). B.C. 1014.

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Kemuel'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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