Zimran (Hebrew: זִמְרָן ; "vine dresser; celebrated; song;"), also known as Zambran.[1] was according to the Hebrew Bible the first son of Abraham, the patriarch of the Israelites, and Keturah whom he wed after the death of Sarah.[2][3] Zimran had five other brothers, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah.[4]


Josephus tells us that "Abraham contrived to settle them in colonies; and they took possession of Troglodytis[5] and the country of Happy Arabia, as far as it reaches to the Red Sea."[6] Abraham, in all probability, tried to keep them apart from Isaac to avoid conflict while fulfilling God's commission to spread out and inhabit the globe.[7][8][9] For such reasons Zimran has also been tentatively identified by some with the Arabian town of Zabran, between Meeca and Medina.[10]

According to the Book of Jasher, the children of Zimran were Abihen, Molich and Narim.


  1. Josephus, Flavious, Antiquities, 1.15.1
  2. Genesis 25:2-6
  3. 1Chronicles 1:32
  4. Genesis 25:1-6
  5. In this case the word is applied to the cave dwelling peoples of the Rift Valley
  6. Josephus, Flavious, Antiquities, 1.15.1
  7. Genesis 1:27,28
  8. Genesis 9:1
  9. Josephus, Flavious, Antiquities, 1.4.1-3
  10. Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, Volume 1, Review and Herald Publishing Association (Washington, D.C., USA), 1953, p.367

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Sons of Abraham by wife in order of birth
Hagar Ishmael (1)
Sarah Isaac (2)
Keturah Zimran Jokshan Medan Midian Ishbak Shuah

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