Gideon the Judge
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Also known as Jerubbaal (ירבעל, yrb'l). Sixth judge in the book of Judges. Lived circa mid-12th century bc. Requested divine signs before agreeing to serve as God’s instrument to deliver His people from the Midianites.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Gideon. Judge of Israel, son of Joash, of the clan of Abiczer and the tribe of Manasseh. Of the 12 judges of Israel more verses are devoted to Gideon than any other, Samson running a close second. The narrative in which he is the central character antedates the Christian era by roughly 11 centuries.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
GIDEON Judge of Israel, son of Joash, of the clan of Abiezer and the tribe of Manasseh. Of the 12 judges of Israel, more verses are devoted to Gideon than any other—Samson running a close second. The narrative in which he is the central character antedates the Christian era by roughly 11 centuries.Following
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Gideon (gid´ee-uhn; from the Heb. root meaning “to cut off”), the son of Joash the Abiezrite of the town of Ophrah in the tribal area of Manasseh. He is called Jerubbaal in Judg. 6:32. At a time of dire circumstances and impoverishment (6:2, 6, 11), Gideon is called by an angel to deliver Israel from
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
GIDEON. A charismatic hero of Israel, son of Joash of the clan of Abiezer, of the tribe of Manasseh (Jdg 6:11–8:35). He resided at Ophrah, E of the hill of Moreh between Beth-shean and Mount Tabor, a town in Issachar (cf. Josh 17:11). Like so many Israelites during the cycles of apostasy in the period
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
GIDEON (Heb. giḏeôn, ‘hewer, smiter’), the judge who delivered Israel from the Midianites, a bedouin people then dominating the central area of Palestine (Jdg. 6:1–8:35). He was the son of Joash, of the clan of Abiezer, of the tribe of Manasseh, and he was also called Jerubbaal. Some scholars hold
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Gideon [gĭdˊĭ ən] (Heb. giḏ˓ôn “one who fells, hewer”). The youngest son of Joash, from the Abiezrite line of Manasseh. His home was in Ophrah (Judg. 6:11), a city of uncertain location. Though it is difficult to determine precisely when Gideon most likely lived, the events recorded took place
Catholic Bible Dictionary
GIDEON (Hebrew, “warrior” or “hewer”) The son of Joash, member of the tribe of Manasseh from Ephra (Judg 6:11), and a judge in Israel (Judg 6–8); also called Jerubbaal (meaning “Let Baal prosecute”; Judg 7:1, 8:29–35, 9:1; 2 Sam 11:21) after he destroyed the altar of Baal (Judg 6:25–32). His chief accomplishment
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Gid´eon (he that cuts down), youngest son of Joash of the Abiezrites, an undistinguished family who lived at Ophrah, a town probably on the west of Jordan, Judges 6:15, in the territory of Manasseh, near Shechem. He was the fifth recorded judge of Israel, and for many reasons the greatest of them all.