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|Judges in the Bible|
|In the Book of Judges|
|Deborah (and Barak)*|
|In the First Book of Samuel|
|* Not explicitly described as a judge|
Othniel was related to Caleb, as his father Kenaz was Caleb's brother or Caleb's stepfather; both are plausible interpretations of Joshua 15:17. The Talmud (Sotah 11b) argues that Othniel was Caleb's stepbrother. When Caleb promises the hand of his daughter Achsah to him who will conquer the land of Debir, it is Othniel who rises to the challenge, thus becoming Caleb's son-in-law (Josh. 15:16, 17; Judg. 1:13).
Campaign as a Judge
Some thirty years after the death of Joshua, the Israelites once again turned to sin and fell under the subjection of Chushan-rishathaim, the king of Mesopotamia because of the transgressions against God. He oppressed them for a full eight years; when they "cried" unto God, Othniel was raised up to be their deliverer. He was the son of Kenaz, younger brother of Caleb (Judg. 3:8, 9-11). He is the only Judge mentioned connected with the Tribe of Judah. Under Othniel, peace lasted for forty years.
- This entry incorporates text from the public domain Easton's Bible Dictionary, originally published in 1897.
- Book of Judges article (Jewish Encyclopedia)
Othniel Ben Kenaz
|Judge of Israel|| Succeeded by|