Abimelech Sentence Examples
See opening of the letters of Abimelech of Tyre, Bezold's Oriental Diplomacy, Nos.
David's friendly relations with the Philistines find a parallel in Isaac's covenant with Abimelech.
Abimelech is called "king of the Philistines," but the title is clearly an anachronism.
On the death of Gideon, Abimelech set himself to assert the authority which his father had earned, and through the influence of his mother's clan won over the citizens of Shechem.
Abimelech thus became king, and extended his authority over central Palestine.Advertisement
Abimelech, warned by his deputy Zebul, left his residence at Arumah and approached the city.
This revolt, which Abimelech successfully quelled, appears to be only an isolated episode.
It is usual to regard Abimelech's reign as the first attempt to establish a monarchy in Israel, but the story is mainly that of the rivalries of a half-developed petty state, and of the ingratitude of a community towards the descendants of its deliverer.
The story of the events at the court of Abimelech (xxvi.) finds a parallel in the now disjointed xx., xxi.
Stories of successful warfare and of temporary leaders (see Abimelech; Ehud; Gideon; Jephthah) form an introduction to the institution of the Israelite monarchy, an epoch of supreme importance in biblical history.Advertisement
But his success was short-lived, and the subsequent discord between Abimelech and the Shechemites was regarded as a just reward for his atrocious massacre.
When the latter came to be made king at Shechem, the old religious centre (see Abimelech), hopes were entertained that a more lenient policy would be introduced.