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Othniel
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
An Israelite warrior, the first judge of Israel, and a relative of Caleb.The name “Othniel” means “God is my protection.” Textual traditions vary on the relationship between Othniel and Caleb, making the two either brothers or uncle and nephew (Niditch, Judges, 33).
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Othniel, Son of Kenaz
Othniel the Judge (עָתְנִיאֵל‎, othni'el). An Israelite warrior, the first judge of Israel, and a relative of Caleb.The name “Othniel” means “God is my protection.” Textual traditions vary on the relationship between Othniel and Caleb, making the two either brothers or uncle and nephew (Niditch, Judges,
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Othniel
OTHNIEL [Heb ʾotnı̂ʾēl (אָתְנִיאֵל)]. The first of the military leaders who “judged” Israel in the book of Judges (3:7–11). Only the Heb verb šāpaṭ “to judge,” and never the noun šōpēṭ “judge,” is used with reference to those leaders. In such usage, it appears, “to judge” is to organize successful
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Othniel
Othniel. Judge of Israel, mentioned as the son of Kenaz and Caleb’s nephew (or perhaps brother), who delivered Israel from the tyranny of Cushan-rishathaim, and who earlier distinguished himself by capturing Debir (Jos 15:15–17; Jgs 1:11–13; 3:8–11).At Caleb’s prompting (promising his daughter Achsah
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Othniel
Othniel oth̀ni-el [Heb ʿoṯnîʾēl]. Reputations for good or ill are sometimes gained in a single important event in one’s life. Othniel is remembered for his military victory over Debir (Josh. 15:17; Jgs. 1:13). Debir, previously known as Kiriath-sepher, had initially been conquered by Joshua (Josh.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Othniel
OTHNIEL Judge of Israel, mentioned as the son of Kenaz and Caleb’s nephew (or perhaps brother), who delivered Israel from the tyranny of Cushan-rishathaim, and who earlier distinguished himself by capturing Debir (Jos 15:15–17; Jgs 1:11–13; 3:8–11).At Caleb’s prompting (promising his daughter Achsah
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Othniel
Othniel (oth´nee-uhl), one of the judges of Israel mentioned in both Joshua and Judges. The son of Kenaz and brother of Caleb, Othniel won his niece’s hand in marriage by capturing the city of Debir (formerly called Kiriath-sepher). This young woman, Achsah, proceeded to request that her father give
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Othniel
A view across the ruins of ancient Ostia. HFVOTHNIEL. A son of Kenaz, and either a younger brother or a nephew of Caleb (Josh 15:17; Jdg 1:13; 3:9; 1 Chr 4:13). Othniel earned the hand of Caleb’s daughter Achsah in marriage by capturing Kirjath-sepher (q.v.; Josh 15:15–17; Jdg 1:11–13). The Lord used
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Othniel
OTHNIEL (Heb. ‘oṯnî’ēl). 1. A *Kenizzite, brother (or perhaps nephew) of Caleb ben Jephunneh (Jdg. 1:13; cf. Jos. 15:17); if ‘son of Kenaz’ is a patronymic, he and Caleb may have been brothers or half-brothers. Distinguishing himself in the sack of *Kiriath-sepher, he married Achsah, Caleb’s daughter.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Othniel
Othniel (Heb. ʾoṯnɩ̂ʾēl)An Israelite judge, the son of Kenaz and the nephew (less likely the younger brother) of Caleb, who became Caleb’s son-in-law by capturing Debir (Kiriath-sepher) and thus winning Achsah, the daughter of Caleb, as wife (Josh. 15:15–19 = Judg. 1:11–15). Othniel later delivered
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Othniel
OTHNIEL The son of Kenaz and the brother (or nephew) of Caleb (Judg 3:9; cf. Josh 15:17), and the first of the Judges of Israel (Judg 3:9–11). Othniel won the hand of Caleb’s daughter Achsah by capturing the town of Kiriath-sepher (Judg 1:11–15; cf. Josh 15:15–19). The name “Othniel” is also used as
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Othni-el
Oth´ni-el (lion of God), son of Kenaz and younger brother of Caleb. Josh. 15:17; Judges 1:13; 3:9; 1 Chron. 4:13. (b.c. 1450.) The first mention of Othniel is on occasion of the taking of Kirjath-sepher, or Debir as it was afterward called. Caleb promised to give his daughter Achsah to whosoever should
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Relatives
Kenaz Father
Caleb Father-In-Law
Seraiah Brother
Achsah Wife
Hathath Son
Meonothai Son
Caleb Uncle
Achsah Cousin
Elah Cousin
Ophrah Grandson
Iru Cousin
Joab Nephew
Naam Cousin
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