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Abimelech

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The generic name of all Philistine kings. Kings by this name appear in the Bible from the times of Abraham through King David.

Abimelech (son of Gideon): Son of Gideon, native of Shechem. After his father's death in 1027 BCE, he convinced the Shechemites to appoint him as his father's successor, and killed all but one of his 70 brothers to eliminate competition. After ruling for three years, his subjects rebelled and a woman dropped a millstone on his head, fatally wounding him.


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Entry for 'Abimelech'. Chabad Knowledge Base. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/ckb/a/abimelech.html. 2012.

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