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A judge of Israel for eight years (Judg 12:13–15). The son of Hillel the Pirathonite and the father of 40 sons. Abdon is described as riding on 70 donkeys—an expression meant to indicate his wealth.
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
ABDON (PERSON) [Heb ʿabdôn (עַבְדֹּון)]. Four individuals mentioned in the OT bear this name, which is formed on the root ʿbd with an abstract or diminutive ending, thus evoking the sense of “service” or, possibly, “servile.”1. Abdon son of Hillel was from the town of Pirathon in Ephraim (possibly
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Abdon (Person). 1. Hillel’s son who judged Israel for eight years (Jgs 12:13–15). Abdon was a very wealthy man, as indicated by reference to the 70 donkeys he owned.2. Shashak’s son from Benjamin’s tribe who lived in Jerusalem (1 Chr 8:23, 28).3. Jeiel’s oldest son from Benjamin’s tribe who lived in
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
1. A JUDGE of Israel for eight years (Jgs. 12:13–15). He was the son of Hillel the Pirathonite, and was buried in Pirathon in the territory of Ephraim (probably to be identified with Far‘âtā, about 6 mi [10 km] WSW of Shechem).Abdon’s numerous offspring (forty sons and thirty grandsons) indicate that
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Abdon (ab´duhn).1 A levitical city in Asherite territory (Josh. 21:30; 1 Chron. 6:74), probably modern Khirbet ‘Abdeh, nineteen miles south of Tyre and about three miles east of the Mediterranean coast at Achzib.2 One of the minor judges of Israel (Judg. 12:13–15). The details of his eight-year term
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
ABDON (Heb. ’aḇdôn). 1. A levitical town in Asher (Jos. 21:30, spelt Ebron in 19:28); Kh. ‘Abdeh (Avdon), 6 km inland from *Achzib, commanding a way into the hills. 2. Last of the minor judges; from *Pirathon (Jdg. 12:13ff.). 3. Head of a father’s house in Benjamin (1 Ch. 8:23). 4. A Benjaminite ancestor
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
ABDON [ăbˊdŏn] (Heb. ˓aḇdôn, possibly “service,” “servile”) (PERSON).
Catholic Bible Dictionary
ABDON There are four men by the name of Abdon in the Old Testament.1. One of the minor judges, the son of Hillel of Pirathon and a judge over Israel for eight years. According to Judg 12:13–15, his forty sons and thirty grandsons rode on seventy asses as a demonstration of his enormous wealth.2. The
Smith’s Bible Dictionary