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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature


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(Heb. Ibtsan', אַבְצָן, from אָבִוֹ, to shine, hence illustrious; but accord. to Gesen. perh. of tin, or grievous, from the Chald.; Sept. Ε᾿βεσάν v.r. Ἀβαισσάν ; Joseph. Ἀψάνης, Ant. 5, 7, 13), the tenth "judge of Israel" (Judges 12:8-10). He was of Bethlehem probably the Bethlehem of Zebulun (so Michaelis and Hezel), and not of Judah (as Josephus says). He governed seven years, B.C. 1249-1243. The prosperity of Ibzan is marked by the great number of his children (thirty sons and thirty daughters), and his wealth by their marriages-for they were all married. Some have held, with little probability, that Ibzan was the same with Boaz.-Kitto.

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

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