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Zebul
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Zebul
Zebul (זְבֻל‎, zevul). A commander of the city of Shechem. Served as an officer under Abimelech (Judg 9:28) when Abimelech fought against Gaal, who had expressed his intent to revolt against him (Judg 9:26–41).
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Zebul (Person)
ZEBUL (PERSON) [Heb zĕbūl (זְבֻל)]. Abimelech’s appointed governor (Heb pāqı̂d “delegate” in Judg 9:28; śar-hāʿı̂r “ruler of the city” in Judg 9:30; cf. HALAT, 904; Reviv 1966: 255) of Shechem, who warned his master of Gaal’s sedition and impending revolt. Suggesting that Abimelech ambush Gaal and
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Zebul
Zebul. Ruler of Shechem who served as an officer of Abimelech (Jgs 9:28, 30). Zebul apparently obtained his position when Abimelech was crowned king at Shechem. When Gaal the son of Ebed incited the Shechemites to rebel against Abimelech, Zebul played an instrumental role in Abimelech’s victory. After
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Zebul
Zebul zēʹbul [Heb. zeḇul—‘exalted,’ ‘lord’ (?); Gk. Zeboul] (Jgs. 9:28, 30, 36, 38, 41). The deputy of Abimelech the son of Gideon at Shechem. After murdering his half-brothers, Abimelech had had himself made “king” of the city-state of Shechem and its territory. Abimelech himself lived at Arumah
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Zebul
ZEBUL Ruler of Shechem who served as an officer of Abimelech (Jgs 9:28–30). Zebul apparently obtained his position when Abimelech was crowned king at Shechem. When Gaal the son of Ebed incited the Shechemites to rebel against Abimelech, Zebul played an instrumental role in Abimelech’s victory. After
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Zebul
Zebul (zee´buhl), a city official at Shechem who was loyal to Abimelech, the king. He informed Abimelech of Gaal’s plan to lead the Shechemites in a revolt against Israel. After Gaal was defeated, Zebul expelled him and his relatives from Shechem (Judg. 9:28–41).
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Zebul
ZEBUL. The governor of Shechem who warned Abimelech of a rebellious plot planned by Gaal and his adherents, and then drove Gaal out of the city (Jdg 9:28–41).
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Zebul
ZEBUL (Heb. zeḇûl, ‘exalted’, i.e. prince, or height). Ruler of Shechem under the self-styled ‘king’ Abimelech, whom he rescued from Gaal’s revolt (Jdg. 9:26–41). In Ugaritic, zbl (I), ‘prince’, is used of Baal, lord of the earth, while zbl (II) is ‘sick (man)’; cf. (e.g.) C. H. Gordon, Ugaritic Textbook,
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Zebul
Zebul (Heb. zĕḇul)The ruler of the city of Shechem who informed the judge Abimelech of Gaal’s plans to lead the Shechemites in revolt against Israel. After Gaal was defeated, Zebul drove him and his kinsfolk from Shechem (Judg. 9:30–41).
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Zebul
Zebul [zēˊbŏol] (Heb. zeḇul “height”). The commander of the city of Shechem who informed the judge Abimelech of Gaal’s plans to lead the Shechemites in revolt against Israel. After Gaal was defeated, Zebul drove him and his kinsmen from Shechem (Judg. 9:30–41).
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Zebul
ZEBUL The appointed ruler or mayor of Shechem in the days of Abimelech (Judg 9:30–41). Being loyal to the ambitious Abimelech, he warned him of the revolt of Gaal, son of Ebed; thanks to his warning, Abimelech routed Gaal and his supporters.
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Zebul
Ze´bul (habitation), chief man (Authorized Version “ruler”) of the city of Shechem at the time of the contest between Abimelech and the native Canaanites. Judges 9:28, 30, 36, 38, 41. (b.c. 1209.)
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