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Othniel

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oth´ni - el ( עתניאל , ‛othnı̄'ēl ): A hero in Israel, son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother. He conquered Kiriath-sepher, later known as Debir, in the territory of Judah in the days of Joshua, and was given the daughter of Caleb, Achsah, to wife as a reward ( Joshua 15:17 , parallel found in Judges 1:13 ). He later smote Cushan-rishathaim, king of Mesopotamia, whom the children of Israel had served 8 years, and thus not only saved the Israelites, but by reviving national sentiment among them (compare Ant. , V, iv, 3), and reestablishing government, became the first of those hero-rulers known as "judges." The effects of his victory lasted an entire generation (40 years, Judges 3:9-11 ). He had a son named Hathath (1 Chronicles 4:13 ) and probably another named Meonothai (compare recensio Luciana of Septuagint, at the place). In the days of David we find a family bearing the name of Othniel, from which came Heldai the Metophathite, captain of the twelfth month (1 Chronicles 27:15 ).

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Othniel'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/o/othniel.html. 1915.

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