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Abimelech

Abimelech (date uncertain, 19th–16th cents. BCE). King of Gerar, whom both Abraham and Isaac tried to deceive by presenting their wives as their sisters (Genesis 20, 26. 1–11). He also appears in connection with both patriarchs in disputes over wells (Genesis 21. 25, 26. 15–21). Because of the similarities between the stories, most scholars regard them as different versions of the same incidents. According to the aggadah, Abmilech is described as a ‘righteous gentile’ (Mid. Ps. 34).

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Abimelech

Abimelech (12th cent. BCE). In the Jewish scriptures, the son of Gideon by his Shechemite concubine (Judges 8. 31). He slaughtered sixty-nine of the seventy sons of Gideon and became ruler of the city of Shechem (Judges 9. 1–5). Subsequently he destroyed the city, but was mortally wounded during the siege of Thebez (Judges 9. 39–54). Although Abimelech is not counted as one of the judges, his story may reflect the changing attitude of Israelites towards the institution of monarchy at that time.

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Abimelech

Abimelech (əbĬm´əlĕk), in the Bible. 1 Name or title of a king of Gerar who had various dealings with Abraham and Isaac. 2 See Ahimelech1.3 Son of Gideon. He murdered his 70 brothers, except Jotham, and became "king."

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