Rechabites
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[German Version]

The Rechabites (Heb. רֵכָבִים/rekābîm) are mentioned only in Jer 35. They traced their descent to Jehonadab, son of Rechab (2 Kgs 10:15, 23), who played a supporting role in Jehu’s revolt (9th cent. bce). The etymology of the name is unexplained.

The Rechabites’ lifestyle was unusual: they drank no wine and built no houses, living only in tents; they never sowed seeds or planted vineyards. They ascribed these restrictions to the command of Jehonadab ( Jer 35:6f.), which they followed faithfully. God contrasted them in th…

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Fischer, Georg, “Rechabites”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 March 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_024852>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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