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Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature


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Cuth´ah, a district in Asia, whence Shalmaneser transplanted certain colonists into the land of Israel, which he had desolated (). From the intermixture of these colonists with the remaining natives sprung the Samaritans. The situation of the Cuthah from which these colonists came is altogether unknown. Josephus places it in central Persia, and finds there a river of the same name. Rosenmüller and others incline to seek it in the Arabian Iraq, where Abulfeda and other Arabic and Persian writers place a town of this name, in the tract near the Nahr Malca, or royal canal, which connected the Euphrates and Tigris to the south of the present Bagdad. Winer seems to prefer the conjecture of Stephen Morin and Le Clerc, which identifies the Cuthites with the Cossæi in Susiana. All these conjectures refer essentially to the same quarter, and any of them is preferable to the one suggested by Michaelis, that the Cuthites were Phoenicians from the neighborhood of Sidon.





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Kitto, John, ed. Entry for 'Cuthah'. "Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature".

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