The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleGenesis 25:1
Then again Abraham took a wife…
Three years after the
death of Sarah, and when his son Isaac was married, and he alone, and
now one hundred and forty years of age:
and her name [was] Keturah;
who she was, or of what family, is not
said. An Arabic writer F26 says she was a daughter of the king of the
Turks; another F1 of them calls her the daughter of King Rama; and
another F2 the daughter of Pactor, king of Rabbah; but there were then
no such people in being. Very probably she was one of Abraham's
handmaids born in his house, or bought with his money, perhaps the
chief and principal of them. The Targums of Jonathan and Jerusalem say
she is the same with Hagar, and so, Jarchi; but this is rejected by
Aben Ezra, since mention is made of Abraham's concubines, (Genesis 25:6) ;
whereas it does not appear he ever had any other than Hagar and
Keturah, and therefore could not be the same; and besides, the children
of Hagar and Keturah are in this chapter reckoned as distinct.
Cleodemus F3, a Heathen writer, makes mention of Keturah as a wife of
Abraham's, by whom he had many children, and names three of them. Sir
Walter Raleigh F4 thinks, that the Kenites, of whom Jethro, the father-
in-law of Moses, was, had their name from Keturah, being a nation of
the Midianites that descended from her.
F26 Abul. Pharag. Hist. Dynast. p. 14.
F1 Elmacinus, p. 34. apud Hottinger. Smegma, p. 309.
F2 Patricides, p. 19. in ib.
F3 Apud Euseb. Praepar. Evangel. l. 9. c. 20. p. 422.
F4 History of the World, l. 2. c. 4. sect. 2. p. 157.