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Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature


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Oth´niel (lion of God), first judge of Israel, son of Kenaz, the younger brother of Caleb, whose daughter Achsah he obtained in marriage by his daring valor at the siege of Debir (; ; ). Rendered famous among his countrymen by this exploit, and connected by a twofold tie with one of the only two Israelites of the former generation who had not died in the desert, we are prepared for the fact that on him devolved the mission to deliver Israel from the Mesopotamian oppression under which, in punishment for their sins, they fell after the death of Joshua and of the elders who outlived him (). This victory secured to Israel a peace of forty years.





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Kitto, John, ed. Entry for 'Othniel'. "Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature".

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