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Abimelech (son of Gideon)
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Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Abimelech. Royal title for Philistine rulers, similar to the designation “pharaoh” among the Egyptians and “agag” among the Amalekites.1. King of Gerar in Abraham’s time. At Gerar, a city a few miles south of Gaza, Abraham presented his wife as his sister out of fear of the king’s rights (Gn 20:1–18),
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Abimelech (son of Gideon)
4. A son of Gideon (Jgs. 9) who aspired to be king after the death of his father, and did rule three years (v 22). He first won support of the members of his mother’s family and their recommendation of himself to all Israel (vv 3f). He then murdered the seventy sons of his father at Ophrah, the family
Abimelech ə-bimʹə-el [Heb. ’aḇîmeleḵ—‘father of a king’ or ‘my father is king’].
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
ABIMELECH Royal title for Philistine rulers, similar to the designation “pharaoh” among the Egyptians and “agag” among the Amalekites.1. King of Gerar in Abraham’s time. At Gerar, a city a few miles south of Gaza, Abraham presented his wife as his sister out of fear for his life (Gn 20:1–18), as he
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
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
ABIMELECH1. The earliest OT man to bear this name was the king of Gerar, an early Philistine inhabitant of Palestine, who should be distinguished from the later warlike Philistines who at the end of the 2nd mil. migrated from their homeland in Caphtor (probably Crete, q.v.) and settled along the southern
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Abimelech (Heb. ʾăḇɩ̂meleḵ)1. The king of Gerar who, believing Sarah to be Abraham’s sister, took her for his own spouse (Gen. 20:2) until God revealed to him that she was Abraham’s wife and death would be the result of his molesting her. Abimelech also appears in a similar story involving Rebekah
Catholic Bible Dictionary
ABIMELECH (Hebrew, “the king is my father”)1. A Canaanite king of Gerar (Gen 20:1–18; 26:1–33). When Abraham pretended that Sarah was his sister and not his wife, Abimelech took her into his harem. The ruler was warned by God in a dream and delivered her back into Abraham’s keeping. Abraham subsequently
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Abim´elech (father of the king), the name of several Philistine kings, was probably a common title of these kings, like that of Pharaoh among the Egyptians and that of Cæsar and Augustus among the Romans. Hence in the title of Ps. 34 the name of Abimelech is given to the king, who is called Achish in