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Oth'ni-el. (lion of God). Son of Kenaz, and younger brother of Caleb. Joshua 15:17; Judges 1:13; Judges 3:9; 1 Chronicles 4:13. (B.C. 1460). The first mention of Othniel is on occasion of the taking of Kirjath-sepher, or Debir, as it was afterward called.

Caleb promised to give his, Achsah, to whosoever should assault and take the city. Othniel won the prize. The next mention of him is in Judges 3:9, where he appears as the first judge of Israel, after the death of Joshua, and the deliverer of his countrymen, from the oppression of Chushanrishathaim. Judges 3:8-9.

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Smith, William, Dr. Entry for 'Othniel'. Smith's Bible Dictionary. 1901.

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