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Gaal
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Gaal, Son of Ebed
Gaal, Son of Ebed (גַּעַל‎, ga'al). Staged an insurrection against Abimelech at Shechem (Judg 9:26–41).
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Gaal (Person)
GAAL (PERSON) [Heb gaʿal (גַּעַל)]. The son of the Canaanite Ebed and apparently a native of the city of Shechem during the time of Abimelech, the half-Israelite, half-Shechemite son of Gideon (Judg 9:26–42). Abimelech had appealed to the Shechemites for rulership on the basis of his “superior” relationship
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Gaal
Gaal. Ebed’s son, who persuaded the men of Shechem to revolt against Abimelech, the judge of Israel. The revolt, however, was quickly crushed and Shechem was destroyed (Jgs 9:26–41).
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Gaal
Gaal. gāʹəl [ Heb. gaʿal—‘scarab’]. A man of whose antecedents nothing is known, except that his father’s name was Ebed. He fomented and led an unsuccessful rebellion by the inhabitants of Shechem against Abimelech son of Gideon (Jgs. 9:26–45). See also Abimelech 4.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Gaal
GAAL Ebed’s son, who persuaded the men of Shechem to revolt against Abimelech, the judge of Israel. The revolt, however, was quickly crushed and Shechem was destroyed (Jgs 9:26–41).
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Gaal
Gaal (gay´uhl; Heb., possibly “beetle”), the son of Ebed who lived in Shechem and usurped leadership from Abimelech (Judg. 9:26–33). This usurpation caused Abimelech to retaliate in force, destroying the city (9:34–49) before further expanding his conquests (9:50–57). Gaal was apparently a Canaanite
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Gaal
GAAL. Son of Ebed, evidently a Canaanite, and leader of a roving band of his relatives similar to the bands of Habiru mentioned frequently in the Amarna letters (q.v.). He organized a revolt of the Shechemites against Abimelech’s rule, but was defeated outside the city as he and his rebels sallied forth
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Gaal
GAAL (Heb. ga‘al). Son of Ebed; lxx(b) Iobel suggests Heb. ‘ōḇēḏ = ‘servant’ (cf. Moore, ICC, Judges, p.256, and Jdg. 9:28). Leader of a roving band, who came to Shechem in the reign of Abimelech to take advantage of disaffection in the city. His activity forced Abimelech to attack Shechem; Gaal
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Gaal
Gaal (Heb. gaʿal)The son of Ebed. He led the rebellion of the Shechemites against Abimelech 2 but was repelled by Abimelech’s deputy Zebul (Judg. 9:26–41).
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Gaal
Gaal [gā́əl] (Heb. gạal “loathing”). The son of Ebed. He led the rebellion of the Shechemites against Abimelech 3 but was repelled by Abimelech’s deputy Zebul (Judg. 9:26–41).
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Gaal
GAAL The son of Obed, from the city of Shechem. He led a rebellion of the city against King Abimelech and its governor Zebul (Judg 9:26–41). He was defeated and expelled.
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Gaal
Ga´al (contempt), son of Ebed, aided the Shechemites in their rebellion against Abimelech. Judges 9. (b.c. 1206.)
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Ebed Father
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