People - Ancient Near East: Zimri
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Zimri in Wikipedia
Zimri was the Prince of the Tribe of Simeon during the time of the Israelites in the desert. At Shittim (Num. 25:6-15) he took part in the Heresy of Peor, taking as a paramour a Midianite woman, Cozbi. Zimri openly defied Moses before the people who were standing at the entrance of the Tabernacle by going in to the Midianite, but Phinehas, grandson of Aaron, killed them both by impaling them on a spear.
The modern Phineas Priesthood believe the story of Phinehas and Zimri provides divine mandate for the murder of race traitors; although the previous rebuke of Miriam in Num. 12 for criticising Moses for marrying an Ethiopian woman confounds this reading.
Zimri was also known as Shelumiel son of Zurishaddai.
It is also interesting to mention that according to The Revelations of Saint Bridget, after his death, his soul was condemned to hell (Book 7, Chapter 19).
Zimri or Zambri (Hebrew: זִמְרִי, Zimrī ; praiseworthy; Latin: Zambri) was a king of Israel for seven days. William F. Albright has dated his reign to 876 BCE, while E. R. Thiele offers the date 885 BCE. His story is told in 1 Kings, Chapter 16.
He was a commander who murdered king Elah at Tirzah, and succeeded him as king. However, Zimri reigned only seven days, because the army elected Omri as king, and with their support laid siege to Tirzah. Finding his position untenable, Zimri set fire to the palace and perished.
Omri became king only after four years of war with Tibni, another claimant to the throne of Israel.
The name Zimri became a byword for a traitor who murdered his master. When Jehu led a bloody military revolt to seize the throne of Israel, killed both Jehoram king of Israel and Ahaziah king of Judah, and entered the citadel of Jezreel to execute Queen Jezebel, she greeted him with the words: "Is it peace, Zimri, you murderer of your master?" (2 Kings 9:31). In John Dryden's Absalom and Achitophel, the character of Zimri stands for the Duke of Buckingham.
The nation of Zimri is mentioned at Jeremiah 25:25 in a list of nations under divine judgement. The mention is absent from the Septuagint. It may be a scribal error for Zimki, a cipher for the national of Elam (as is Sheshak for Babylon in verse 26).
Zimri (or Zmarai) is a Pashtun tribe in Pakistan. Members of the tribe live in Balochistan Province of Pakistan and speak Pashto language. Some of their people even live in Afghanistan. They are some time thought to be Musa Khelis and some times to be brothers of Musa Khelis.
The name Zimri means "fierce tiger" in the Pashto language.
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