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Passage: Judges 12:8-15

Judges 12:8-15 – Three Minor Judges: Ibzan, Elon, and Abdon

Summary

Another brief group of minor judges is listed.

Analysis

We have even less information about this second set of "minor" judges, apart from their rather prodigious issue, unless the large numbers of "sons" represent lineages and thus testify to a degree of importance. "Bethlehem" (v. 8) probably does not refer to the Bethlehem associated with Jesus, since the setting is in the north. Again, their importance in the book of Judges lies in the framing of the Jephthah narrative that they provide with the notices of Tola and Jair (10:1-5).