Cushan-Rishathaim - kū´shan-rish-a-thā´im

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia


(כּוּשׁן רשׁעתים, kūshan rish‛āthayīm, translated, or rather interpreted, as “man from Cush, he of the twofold crime”; Septuagint Χουσαρσαθάιμ, Chousarsatháim, the King James Version Chushan-rishathaim): Mentioned in Jdg 3:8-10 as a king of Mesopotamia who was chosen by God as his tool to chastise the Israelites for their idolatry. After Joshua's death the children of Israel soon began to affiliate themselves with the heathen peoples among whom they dwelt. This was the fertile source of all their troubles. God delivered (“sold”) them into the hands of the heathen. C.-r. is the first whose name is given in this connection. Barring this short passage in Jdg nothing is known of the man. Eight years the Israelites were under his dominion, when the Lord raised up a deliverer to them, Othniel, the son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother - the first of the judges.


Taken from: International Standard Bible Encyclopedia by James Orr, M.A., D.D., General Editor