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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Put Relies on Brother Kush to Stay Relevant - For Now

As Qadaffi's power is winding down, he still remains in power not because of his own army.  They've for the most part deserted him.  Rather, he hired mercenaries from Sudan (among other places) to help quell the protest.

However, Gaddafi’s hired thugs and mercenaries from Chad, Sudan, and Nigeria, still roam the streets of Tripoli looking for any remaining protestors.
Bereishit 10:6:

 וּבְנֵי, חָם--כּוּשׁ וּמִצְרַיִם, וּפוּט וּכְנָעַן.
And the sons of Ham: Cush, and Mizraim, and Put, and Canaan.

Bereishit Rabba 37:2:

אמר רבי שמעון בן לקיש היינו סבורים שנתבלעה משפחתו של פוט בא יחזקאל ופי' כוש ופוט ולוד וכל הערב וכוב ובני ארץ הברית אתם בחרב יפולו.   
Said Ribbi Shimon Ben Lakish: We would think that Put's family was swallowed up. Came along Yehezkel (30:5) and specified, "Ethiopia, and Put, and Lud, and all the mingled people, and Cub, and the children of the land that is in league, shall fall with them by the sword."

Says the Nezer Hakodesh:
ומה שלא נתפרסם שמם לדורות צריך לומר הטעם לפי שהיו ממלכה שפלה והיו נטפלים לבני כוש אחיהם כענין שנאמר שם כוש ופוט.
And the reason why their [Put's] name was not publicized for many generations must be because they were a lowly kingdom, and they were secondary to the children of Kush their brother, as it says, "Kush and Put".

According to Wikipedia, Kush is not what we call today Ethiopia, but rather, Sudan:
The Kingdom of Kush or Cush was an ancient African state centered on the confluences of the Blue NileWhite Nile and River Atbara in what is now the Republic of Sudan.
According to another Wikipedia article, one of the names being considered for South Sudan was The Kush Republic.

So now certain mercenaries from Kush are helping younger brother Put.  Of course, Kush and Put have had a tumultuous relationship.  And Kush's leadership put out a vague condemnation of what Put's leader is doing.  It seems that despite Kush's help, Put will be leaderless quite soon.

But we know that Put as a nation will continue to exist until Gog Umagog.  I only wonder how far away that really is.


At Thu Feb 24, 11:02:00 AM 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

" of the names being considered for South Sudan was The Kush Republic."

Interesting. If I'm not mistaken, the south of Sudan the intended location of a breakaway republic, pursuant to US sponsored treaty. It is intended to protect christian Sudanese as well as other minorities. A referendum was scheduled and vote-counting was to take place in the spring.



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