Ambush at Shechem
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Abimelech, Son of Gideon
Abimelech, Son of Gideon (אֲבִימֶלֶךְ‎, avimelekh). Son of Gideon’s Shechemite concubine. Murdered his brothers. Ruled over Shechem for three years.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Abimelech (Person)
ABIMELECH (PERSON) [Heb ʾabı̂melek (אַבִימֶלֶך)]. Two or three persons in the Hebrew Bible bear this name.1. A king of Gerar mentioned in Genesis 20 and 26:1–33. He is tied to the patriarchal narratives with regard to their pastoral nomadic activities and the fear Abraham and Isaac display whenever
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
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
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
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 Ultimate Who’s Who in the Bible
Abimelech [Uh-bim-uh-lek](Hebrew origin: My father is king)(Genesis 20:2). 19th century b.c. Abimelech was king of Gerar, a region in the Negev, south of Gaza.When Abimelech was told by Abraham that Sarah was his sister, he, admiring her beauty, had her brought to his harem. That night, God warned
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.
All the People in the Bible: An A–Z Guide to the Saints, Scoundrels, and Other Characters in Scripture
Abimelech [uh-bim-uh-lek] (אבי מלך, “My Father Is King”; in Canaanite, “Melek Is My Father”) (1) the king of Gerar; an ally of Abraham and of Isaac (Gen. 20:2) (2) the son of Gideon, who briefly usurped the throne (Judg. 9:1) (3) a name found in many texts in 1 Chron. 18:16, but unquestionably a scrivener’s
Abimelech the Son of Gideon
Abimelech the Son of GideonAs soon as Gideon died, his tribe reverted to the worship of the baalim, the pagan nature gods. He died leaving seventy-one sons, most of whom claimed his seat as ruler of the tribe of Manasseh. One of them, Abimelech, was the son of a Canaanite concubine from Shechem (Judg.
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