Abimelech (king of Philistines)
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Abimelech (king of Philistines)
2. A king of the Philistines mentioned in relation with Isaac (Gen. 26). In a time of grievous famine Isaac went down from his home, probably at Hebron, to Gerar. Fearing for his life because of his beautiful wife Rebekah, he called her his sister, just as Abraham had done with Sarah. Neither Abimelech
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Abimelech (uh-bim´uh-lek; Heb., “my father is king”).1 The king of Gerar (possibly Tell Jemmeh, ten miles south of Gaza), before whom Abraham posed as Sarah’s brother (Gen. 20; cf. 12:10–20). Elsewhere, Abimelech is identified as a “king of the Philistines” whom Isaac, living at Gerar, similarly deceives
Ecclesiastical Dictionary: Containing, in Concise Form, Information upon Ecclesiastical, Biblical, Archæological, and Historical Subjects
Abimelech.—Name of three personages in the Old Testament: 1. King of Gerara of the Philistines, who took Sara into his harem; but being warned by God in a dream, he restored her to Abraham (Gen. 20). 2. Another king of Gerara, probably son of the former, and contemporary with Isaac (Gen. 26:6–31). 3.
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
A-bimʹe-lech [my father is king], the common title of the kings of Philistia, as Pharaoh was that of the kings of Egypt.1. The first one of the name mentioned in Scripture was Abimelech, king of Gerar, who was contemporary with Abram. In Gen. 20 is a narrative connected with Abram’s visit to Gerar.
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
ABIMELECH uh-bim´uh-lek [אַבִימֶלֶךְʾavimelekh]. 1. Abimelech is identified as the King of Gerar in association with Abraham in Gen 20:1–18; 21:22–34 and with Isaac in Gen 26:1–11. In both cases, the “wife-sister” motif is employed, whereby the patriarch tries to save himself from some perceived threat
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