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Friday, April 27, 2012

The Unfamiliar Judges: Abdon

After him, Abdon son of Hillel, from Pirathon, led Israel. He had forty sons and thirty grandsons, who rode on seventy donkeys. He led Israel eight years. Then Abdon son of Hillel died, and was buried at Pirathon in Ephraim, in the hill country of the Amalekites.
Judges 12:13-15

Here are some more verses about other Abdons.

The fifth lot came out for the tribe of Asher, clan by clan. Their territory included: Helkath, Hali, Beten, Acshaph, Allammelech, Amad and Mishal. On the west the boundary touched Carmel and Shihor Libnath. It then turned east toward Beth Dagon, touched Zebulun and the Valley of Iphtah El, and went north to Beth Emek and Neiel, passing Cabul on the left. It went to Abdon, Rehob, Hammon and Kanah, as far as Greater Sidon. The boundary then turned back toward Ramah and went to the fortified city of Tyre, turned toward Hosah and came out at the sea in the region of Aczib, Ummah, Aphek and Rehob. There were twenty-two towns and their villages. 
Joshua 19:24-30

from the tribe of Asher, Mishal, AbdonHelkath and Rehob, together with their pasturelands--four towns;
Joshua 21:30

Ishpan, Eber, Eliel, Abdon, Zicri, Hanan, Hananiah, Elam, Anthothijah, Iphdeiah and Penuel were the sons of Shashak.
1 Chronicles 8:22-25

Jeiel the father of Gibeon lived in Gibeon. His wife's name was Maacah, and his firstborn son was Abdon, followed by Zur, Kish, Baal, Ner, Nadab, Gedor, Ahio, Zeker
1 Chronicles 8:29-31

He gave these orders to Hilkiah, Ahikam son of Shaphan, Abdon son of Micah, Shaphan the secretary and Asaiah the king's attendant:
2 Chronicles  34:20

Joshua 19:24-30 and Joshua 21:30 say that one of Asher's sons was Abdon. And the verse in Chronicles says that Abdon is also a son of a man named Shashak. And in 1 Chronicles 8:29-31, It says that Jeiel, who was the father of Gibeon (Not Gideon, but Gibeon) Had a firstborn named Abdon. But Jeiel Probably was in the tribe of Benjamin...

And from the tribe of Benjamin they were given Gibeon, Geba, Alemeth and Anathoth, together with their pasturelands. These towns, which were distributed among the Kohathite clans, were thirteen in all.
1 Chronicles 6:60

It's odd that a son named Gibeon was mentioned because normally, it says the firstborn child and no one else.
There was another Judge that mentioned donkeys too, and I said that the donkeys symbolize peace. Abdon's sons and grandsons were trying to bring peace. 
Abdon is the very last Judge mentioned in the book of Judges, which means that this is the last post in my series.

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