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Described as a judge in Israel (1 Sam 12:11); possibly the same person as Barak. Some English translations emend the text to read “Barak.”
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BEDAN (PERSON) [Heb bĕdān (בְּדָן)]. The name of two men in the OT.1. The son of Ulam of the tribe of Manasseh (1 Chr 7:17). He was a member of the fifth generation of that tribe through Machir, Manasseh’s son. His heredity was mixed, for he was the product of Manasseh’s union with an Aramean concubine
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Be´dan (son of judgment).1. Mentioned in 1 Sam. 12:11 as a judge of Israel between Jerubbaal (Gideon) and Jephthah. The Chaldee Paraphrast reads Samson for Bedan; the LXX, Syriac and Arabic all have Barak. Ewald suggests that it may be a false reading for Abdon. (b.c. about 1150.)2. The son of Gilead.
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
BE´DAN (beʹdan).1. The name of a judge of Israel, not found in Judges but only in 1 Sam. 12:11. It is difficult to identify him with any of the judges mentioned elsewhere, but it is probable that Bedan is a contracted form for the name of the Judge Abdon (which see). The NIV identifies Bedan with Barak
Easton’s Bible Dictionary