Bible Names A-G: Abdon
Abdon in Easton's Bible Dictionary
servile. (1.) The son of Hillel, a Pirathonite, the tenth
of Israel (Judg. 12:13-15). He is probably the Bedan
of 1 Sam.
(2.) The first-born of Gibeon of the tribe of
Benjamin (1 Chr.
(3.) The son of Micah, one of those whom Josiah sent
prophetess Huldah to ascertain from her the meaning
recently discovered book of the law (2 Chr. 34:20).
He is called
Achbor in 2 Kings 22:12.
(4.) One of the "sons" of Shashak (1 Chr. 8:23).
This is the name also of a Levitical town of the
in the tribe of Asher (Josh. 21:30; 1 Chr. 6:74).
The ruins of
Abdeh, some 8 miles north-east of Accho, probably
mark its site.
Abdon in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
1. The tenth judge of Israel (Judges 12:13; Judges 12:15),
probably the same as Bedan, 1 Samuel 12:11; for the
Phoenicians often omitted the 'Ayin ( ? ). Son of Hillel, of
the tribe of Ephraim. He succeeded Elon, and judged Israel
eight years. His rule was a peaceful one, since no oppression
of Israel during his time is mentioned. The record that he had
40 sons and 30 nephews (or rather grandsons) who rode on young
donkeys, implies their high dignity and consequence: compare
Judges 5:9. He died in 1112 B.C. Of him Josephus (Ant. 5:7,
15) writes: "He alone is recorded to have been happy in his
children; for the public affairs were so peaceable and secure
that he had no occasion to perform glorious actions." A
prophetical type of Israel's and the world's coming millennial
blessedness (Isaiah 1:26-27). Pirathon, the city to which he
belonged, is identified by Robinson with the modern Fer'ata,
six miles W. of Shechem or Nablous (Bibl. Res., 3).
2. 1 Chronicles 8:30, akin to Saul's forefathers, 1
3. 1 Chronicles 8:23.
4. 2 Chronicles 34:20; called Achbor 2 Kings 22:12.
Abdon in Hitchcock's Bible Names
servant; cloud of judgment
Abdon in Naves Topical Bible
1. A judge of Israel, in the time of the judges
-2. A Levitical city
Jos 21:30; 1Ch 6:74
-3. A Benjamite chief
-4. Son of Gibeon
1Ch 8:30; 9:36
-5. Son of Micah
Also called ACHBOR
Abdon in Smiths Bible Dictionary
1. A judge of Israel, Jud 12:13,15 perhaps the same
person as Bedan, in 1Sa 12:11 (B.C. 1233-1225).
2. Son of Shashak. 1Ch 8:23
3. First-born son of Jehiel, son of Gideon. 1Ch 8:30;
4. Son of Micah, a contemporary of Josiah, 2Ch 34:20
called Achbor in 2Ki 22:12 (B.C. 628.)
5. A city in the tribe if Asher, given to the
Gershonites, Jos 21:30; 1Ch 6:74 the modern Abdeh, 10 miles
northeast of Accho.
Abdon in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
ab'-don (`abhdon, perhaps "service"; Abdon):
(1) A judge of Israel for eight years (Jdg 12:13-15). The
account says that he was the son of Hillel the Pirathonite,
and that he was buried in Pirathon in the land of Ephraim.
No mention is made of great public services rendered by him,
but it is said that he had seventy well-mounted sons and
grandsons. So far as we can judge, he was placed in office
as a wealthy elderly man, and performed the routine duties
acceptably. Very likely his two next predecessors Ibzan and
Elon were men of the same type.
An effort has been made to identify Abdon with the Bedan
mentioned in 1 Sam 12:11, but the identification is
A certain importance attaches to Abdon from the fact that he
is the last judge mentioned in the continuous account (Jdg
2:6 through 13:1) in the Book of Jgs. After the account of
him follows the statement that Israel was delivered into the
hands of the Philistines forty years, and with that
statement the continuous account closes and the series of
personal stories begins--the stories of Samson, of Micah and
his Levite, of the Benjamite civil war, followed in our
English Bibles by the stories of Ruth and of the childhood
of Samuel. With the close of this last story (1 Sam 4:18)
the narrative of public affairs is resumed, at a point when
Israel is making a desperate effort, at the close of the
forty years of Eli, to throw off the Philistine yoke. A
large part of one's views of the history of the period of
the Judges will depend on the way in which he combines these
events. My own view is that the forty years of Jdg 13:1 and
of 1 Sam 4:18 are the same; that at the death of Abdon the
Philistines asserted themselves as overlords of Israel; that
it was a part of their policy to suppress nationality in
Israel; that they abolished the office of judge, and changed
the high-priesthood to another family, making Eli high
priest; that Eli was sufficiently competent so that many of
the functions of national judge drifted into his hands. It
should be noted that the regaining of independence was
signalized by the reestablishment of the office of judge,
with Samuel as incumbent (1 Sam 7:6 and context). This view
takes into the account that the narrative concerning Samson
is detachable, like the narratives that follow, Samson
belonging to an earlier period.
(2) The son of Jeiel and his wife Maacah (1 Ch 8:30; 9:36).
Jeiel is described as the "father of Gibeon," perhaps the
founder of the Israelirish community there. This Abdon is
described as brother to Ner, the grandfather of King Saul.
(3) One of the messengers sent by King Josiah to Huldah the
prophetess (2 Ch 34:20); called Achbor in 2 Ki 22:12.
(4) One of many men of Benjamin mentioned as dwelling in
Jerusalem (1 Ch 8:23), possibly in Nehemiah's time, though
the date is not clear.
Abdon in Wikipedia
Abdon (Judges), the son of Hillel, a Pirathonite, the tenth
judge of Israel; also probably Bedan
The son of Micah, one of those whom Josiah sent to the
prophetess Huldah; aka Achbor
Abdon Scripture - 1 Chronicles 6:74
And out of the tribe of Asher; Mashal with her suburbs, and
Abdon with her suburbs,
Abdon Scripture - 2 Chronicles 34:20
And the king commanded Hilkiah, and Ahikam the son of Shaphan,
and Abdon the son of Micah, and Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah
a servant of the king's, saying,
Abdon Scripture - Joshua 21:30
And out of the tribe of Asher, Mishal with her suburbs, Abdon
with her suburbs,
Abdon Scripture - Judges 12:13
And after him Abdon the son of Hillel, a Pirathonite, judged
Abdon Scripture - Judges 12:15
And Abdon the son of Hillel the Pirathonite died, and was
buried in Pirathon in the land of Ephraim, in the mount of the
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