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mortehoe
May 6th 2009, 06:13 PM
I have been trying to look up of how many Judges there were in the, "Book of Judges", and I keep getting different answers. How many were there really please.

Thanks friends.

markedward
May 6th 2009, 07:13 PM
The number I get for the total number of judges is twelve, which would seem to be in agreement with that general typology we find in Scripture (twelve tribes of Israel, the twelve prophets, twelve apostles, etc.). According to Wikipedia:


Othniel, the son of Kenaz from the tribe of Judah
Ehud, the son of Gerah from the tribe of Benjamin
Shamgar, the son of Anath from the tribe of Levi
Deborah (and Barak)
Gideon (also named Jerubbaal), the son of Joash from the tribe of Manasseh
Tola, the son of Puah from the tribe of Issachar
Jair, from the tribe of Gilead
Jephthah, from the tribe of Gilead
Ibzan, from the tribe of Judah
Elon, from the tribe of Zebulun
Abdon, the son of Hillel, the Piratoni, from the tribe of Ephraim
Samson, the son of Manoah, from the tribe of Dan

However... in the book of Samuel, two other individuals are considered to have taken the role of the judge... Eli the priest, and Samuel the prophet.

-SEEKING-
May 6th 2009, 07:15 PM
Othniel, Ehud, Shamgar, Deborah, Gideon, Abimelech, Tola, Jair, Jephthah, Ibzan, Elon, Abdon, Samson,

That's all I could find. 13

markedward
May 6th 2009, 07:23 PM
Is Abimelech actually described as a judge? All of these other individuals (except for Barak, who I don't think was a judge) are specifically mentioned as having "judged for __ years", including Eli and Samuel. Abimelech isn't attributed as having been a judge, that I can see.

-SEEKING-
May 6th 2009, 07:25 PM
Is Abimelech actually described as a judge? All of these other individuals (except for Barak, who I don't think was a judge) are specifically mentioned as having "judged for __ years", including Eli and Samuel. Abimelech isn't attributed as having been a judge, that I can see.

That's a tough one. I mean it even calls him a king. So I'm not really sure. But he did possess a leadership role.

crossnote
May 7th 2009, 06:19 AM
There were many judges in the Book of Judges, but just one Judge.:P

Toymom
May 8th 2009, 01:51 PM
There were 15 judges in the book of Judges.
Also, did you know that the book of Ruth was originally part of Judges?
http://www.gotquestions.org/Book-of-Judges.html
and
http://www.aboutbibleprophecy.com/p252.htm



1. Othniel
2. Ehud
3. Shamgar
4. Deborah
5. Gideon
6. Abimelech
7. Tola
8. Jair
9. Jephthah
10. Ibzan
11. Elon
12. Abdon
13. Samson
14. Eli
15. Samuel

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