Abdon (Judg 12:13-12:15)

“After Elon, Abdon son of Hillel the Pirathonite judged Israel. He had forty sons and thirty grandsons, who rode on seventy donkeys. He judged Israel eight years. Then Abdon son of Hillel the Pirathonite died. He was buried at Pirathon in the land of Ephraim, in the hill country of the Amalekites.”

There are a lot of biblical people with the name of Abdon. Pirathon is a town near Jappa in Ephraim. He had a strange combination of sons and grandsons that added up to 70. Each one of them had a donkey. He ruled as judge for 8 years. He was judge #11. This sets the stage for judge #12, Samson, the most famous of all the judges. Most of these judges had large families with many children. However, the children seem to have very little impact.

 

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