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Ehud (son of Gera)
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
The second of the major judges in the book of Judges; a Benjaminite who delivers Israel from the power of the Moabites by assassinating their king, Eglon, and defeating their army (Judg 3:12–30; 4:1). Ehud is a “son of Gera,” which some take to mean he is of the clan of Gera of Benjamin (Judg 3:15; 1 Chr 8:3, 5, 7; Sasson, Judges 1–12, 226).
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Ehud the Judge
Ehud the Judge (אֵהוּד‎, ehud; אֵחוּד‎, echud). The second of the major judges in the book of Judges; a Benjaminite who delivers Israel from the power of the Moabites by assassinating their king, Eglon, and defeating their army (Judg 3:12–30; 4:1). Ehud is a “son of Gera,” which some take to mean he is
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Ehud (Person)
EHUD (PERSON) [Heb ʾēhûd (אֵהוּד‎); ʾēḥûd (אֵחוּד‎)]. 1. Second of the “saviors” or “major judges” in the book of Judges (3:12–30; 4:1; see also 1 Chr 8:6). The narrative portrays Ehud as a military man, trained in left-handed combat (Judg 3:15; 20:16; cf. 1 Chr 12:2), who escorts Israel’s tribute
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Ehud
Ehud. 1. Judge of Israel from Benjamin’s tribe who delivered Israel from Eglon, king of the Moabites (Jgs 3:12–30). He was notable because he was left-handed (Hebrew “hindered in the right hand”). Before taking Israelite tribute to Eglon, he made an iron dagger, with which he assassinated the unsuspecting
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Ehud (son of Gera)
1. A left-handed Benjaminite, son of Gera, deliverer of Israel from oppression by Moab (Jgs. 3:15–30; 1 Ch. 8:6). Having gained a private interview with King Eglon under pretense of a secret errand connected with the payment of Israel’s tribute, Ehud drew the sword he had concealed on his right side
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Ehud
EHUD1. Judge of Israel from Benjamin’s tribe who delivered Israel from Eglon, king of the Moabites (Jgs 3:12–30). He was notable because he was left-handed (Hebrew “hindered in the right hand”). Before taking Israelite tribute to Eglon, he made an iron dagger, with which he assassinated the unsuspecting
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Ehud
Ehud (ee´huhd), a left-handed Benjaminite who by a clever ruse killed the fat Moabite king Eglon and subsequently led the Israelites to victory over the Moabites (Judg. 3:12–4:1). See also Eglon.
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Ehud
EHUD1. The son of Gera of the tribe of Benjamin, who was noted for being “a man lefthanded” (Jdg 3:15). Ehud was raised up by God as the second deliverer among the judges. Through Ehud’s leadership the 18 years of Moabite rule over Israel was ended. This was accomplished by a clever ruse. For the sake
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Ehud
EHUD (Heb. ’ēhûḏ) A Benjaminite name (1 Ch. 7:10; 8:6; Jdg. 3:15). Ehud, the son of Gera, led the revolt against the Moabite occupation of E Benjamin (Jdg. 3); gaining a private audience of King Eglon, he killed him in his own apartments, and rallied the Israelites to take advantage of the confusion
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Ehud
Ehud (Heb. ʾēhûḏ)1. The second judge of Israel, the son of Gera, a Benjaminite. The story of his delivering Israel from the power of Eglon king of Moab follows the standard formula for the major judges (Judg. 3:12–30). The extent to which the narrative is history or formula is debated. According
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Ehud
EHUD (Hebrew ʾēhûd, “where is the glory?”) The second of the major judges in the book of Judges (3:12–30; 4:1; cf. 1 Chr 8:6). A member of the tribe of Benjamin, Ehud was best known for assassinating Eglon, the obese Moabite king at Jericho who had oppressed the Israelites for eighteen years. Ehud,
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Ehud
E´hud (union).1. Ehud son of Bilhan, and great-grandson of Benjamin the patriarch. 1 Chron. 7:10; 8:6.2. Ehud son of Gera, of the tribe of Benjamin, Judges 3:15, the second judges of the Israelites. (b.c. about 1370.) In the Bible he is not called a judge, but a deliverer (l. c.): so Othniel, Judges
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