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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature


(Heb. Yigal', יַגְאָל , avenger), the name of three men. 1. (Sept. Ι᾿γάλ, Vulg. Igal, Eng. Vers. "Igal.") Son of Joseph, and commissioner on the part of Issachar to explore the land of Canaan (Numbers 13:7). He of course perished with his nine false-hearted companions on their return (Numbers 14:37). B.C. 1657.

2. (Sept. Ι᾿γαάλ, Vulg. Igaal, A.V. "Igal.") Son of Nathan of Zobah, and one of David's famous warriors (2 Samuel 23:36). B.C. 1046. In the parallel list of 1 Chronicles the name is given as "Joel the brother of Nathan" (11:38,Ι᾿ωήλ ). Kennicott, after a minute examination of the passage, both in the original and in the ancient versions, decides in favor of the latter as most likely to be the genuine text (Dissertion, p. 212-214).

3. (Sept. Ι᾿ωήλ , Vulg. Jegaal, A.V. "Igeal.") One of the sons of Shemaiah, of the descendants of Zerubbabel (1 Chronicles 3:22). The number "six" there given is that of the grandchildren of Shechaniah (see Strong's Harm. and Expos. of the Gosp. p. 17). B.C. ante 406.

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Igal'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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