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Smith's Bible Dictionary

(lion of God), son of Kenaz and younger brother of Caleb. (Joshua 15:17; Judges 1:13; 3:9; 1 Chronicles 4:13) (B.C. 1460.) The first mention of Othniel is on occasion of the taking of Kirjath-sepher, or Debir as it was afterward called. Caleb promised to give his daughter Achsah to whosoever should assault and take the city. Othniel won the prize. The next mention of him is in (Judges 3:9) where he appears as the first judge of Israel after the death of Joshua, and the deliverer of his countrymen from the oppression of Chushahrishathaim (Judges 3:8-9)

ATS Bible Dictionary

Son of Kenaz, and first judge of the Israelites, delivering them from the tyranny of the king of Mesopotamia, and ruling them in peace forty years. His wife Achsa, daughter of his uncle Caleb, was the reward of his valor in taking the city of Debir, Joshua 15:17; Jude 1:13; 3:9-10.

Easton's Bible Dictionary
Lion of God, the first of the judges. His wife Achsah was the daughter of Caleb (Joshua 15:16, 17; Judges 1:13). He gained her hand as a reward for his bravery in leading a successful expedition against Debir (q.v.). Some thirty years after the death of Joshua, the Israelites fell under the subjection of Chushan-rishathaim (q.v.), the king of Mesopotamia. He oppressed them for full eight years, when they "cried" unto Jehovah, and Othniel was raised up to be their deliverer. He was the younger brother of Caleb (Judges 3:8, 9-11). He is the only judge mentioned connected with the tribe of Judah. Under him the land had rest forty years.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

oth'-ni-el (`othni'el): A hero in Israel, son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother. He conquered Kiriath-sepher, later known as Debir, in the territory of Judah in the days of Joshua, and was given the daughter of Caleb, Achsah, to wife as a reward (Joshua 15:17, parallel found in Judges 1:13). He later smote Cushan-rishathaim, king of Mesopotamia, whom the children of Israel had served 8 years, and thus not only saved the Israelites, but by reviving national sentiment among them (compare Ant, V, iv, 3), and reestablishing government, became the first of those hero-rulers known as "judges." The effects of his victory lasted an entire generation (40 years, Judges 3:9-11). He had a son named Hathath (1 Chronicles 4:13) and probably another named Meonothai (compare recensio Luciana of Septuagint, at the place). In the days of David we find a family bearing the name of Othniel, from which came Heldai the Metophathite, captain of the twelfth month (1 Chronicles 27:15).

Nathan Isaacs

Strong's Hebrew
6274. Othniel -- a hero in Isr.
... 6273, 6274. Othniel. 6275 . a hero in Isr. Transliteration: Othniel
Phonetic Spelling: (oth-nee-ale') Short Definition: Othniel. ...
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How the Israelites after this Misfortune Grew Wicked and Served ...
... CHAPTER 3. How The Israelites After This Misfortune Grew Wicked And Served The
Assyrians; And How God Delivered Them By Othniel, Who Ruled Over The Forty Years ...
/.../josephus/the antiquities of the jews/chapter 3 how the israelites.htm

July 27. "The Building up of the Body of Christ" (RV , Eph. Iv. 13 ...
... There is a day coming, when, like Othniel, we, too, shall judge the nations, and
rule and reign with Christ on the millennial earth; but ere that glorious day ...
/.../simpson/days of heaven upon earth /july 27 the building up.htm

Gifts and Talents.
... Lord came upon" such a hero, judge, statesman, or tribune of the people, especially
in the days of the judges, when it is said of Joshua, Othniel, Barak, Gideon ...
/.../kuyper/the work of the holy spirit/viii gifts and talents.htm

The Nations of the North-East
... Chushan-rishathaim, we learn from the Book of Judges, held Palestine in subjection
for eight years, until he was driven out by the Kenizzite Othniel, and about ...
/.../sayce/early israel and the surrounding nations/chapter iv the nations of.htm

The Kingdom Conquering
... XI. Othniel, Ehud, Deborah, Gideon, Jephthah, Samson: the Six Deliverers. XII.1.
Environment counts. 2. The Lord delivers when His people cry unto Him. XIII. ...
/.../palmer/a birds-eye view of the bible/iii the kingdom conquering.htm

The Judges.
... (1) The Mesopotamians came down from the northeast and oppressed Israel until
Othniel, Caleb's nephew, was raised up to deliver them. ...
/.../tidwell/the bible period by period/chapter ix the judges.htm

... and repeated in a less elaborate form elsewhere, vi.7-10, x.6-16, is amply illustrated
by the stories that follow"the stories of Othniel, Ehud, Deborah and ...
//christianbookshelf.org/mcfadyen/introduction to the old testament/judges.htm

Gideon and the Fleece.
... The first of these judges was named Othniel. He was Caleb's nephew. The last was
Samuel. One that lived about one hundred years before Samuel was named Gideon. ...
/.../anonymous/mother stories from the old testament/gideon and the fleece.htm

Samson the Strong.
... Some of them were good men and brave warriors as Othniel and Gideon and Jephthah
and one was a prophetess named Deborah, a noble mother in Israel, and one was ...
/.../lathbury/childs story of the bible/chapter xv samson the strong.htm

How the Title of Saviour is Given to Christ in one Sense, and to ...
... that you may not say that He is termed Saviour in the same sense as the title is
given to others ("And the Lord raised up to them a Saviour, Othniel the Son of ...
/.../cassian/the seven books of john cassian /chapter xii how the title.htm

Othniel (7 Occurrences)
... He oppressed them for full eight years, when they "cried" unto Jehovah, and Othniel
was raised up to be their deliverer. ... Standard Bible Encyclopedia. OTHNIEL. ...
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Kenaz (11 Occurrences)
... (2.) Caleb's younger brother, and father of Othniel (Joshua 15:17), whose family
was of importance in Israel down to the time of David (1 Chronicles 27:15). ...
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Oth'ni-el (6 Occurrences)
... Othniel, Oth'ni-el. Othonias . ... Joshua 15:17 And Othniel the son of Kenaz, the
brother of Caleb, took it; and he gave him Achsah his daughter to wife. ...
/o/oth'ni-el.htm - 7k

Meonothai (2 Occurrences)
... me-on'-o-thi, me-o'-no-thi, me-o-no'-thi (me`onothai, "my dwellings"): A son of
Othniel, nephew of Caleb (1 Chronicles 4:14). ... The sons of Othniel: Hathath. ...
/m/meonothai.htm - 7k

Achsah (5 Occurrences)
... This was done by Othniel (qv), who accordingly obtained her as his wife (Joshua
15:16-19; Judges 1:9-15). Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. ACHSAH. ...
/a/achsah.htm - 9k

Caleb's (6 Occurrences)
... Caleb's (6 Occurrences). Joshua 15:17 And Othniel, the son of Kenaz, Caleb's brother,
took it: so he gave him his daughter Achsah for his wife. (BBE NIV). ...
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Hathath (1 Occurrence)
... Easton's Bible Dictionary Terror, son of Othniel (1 Chronicles 4:13). ... ha'-thath
(chathath, "terror"): Son of Othniel and grandson of Kenaz (1 Chronicles 4:13). ...
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Seraiah (18 Occurrences)
... (4) Son of Kenaz, and younger brother of Othniel, and father of Joab, the chief
of Ge-harashim (1 Chronicles 4:13, 14). ... The sons of Othniel: Hathath. ...
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Caleb (39 Occurrences)
... Both accounts agree in mentioning Othniel, a younger brother of Caleb, as the conqueror
of Kiriath-sepher or Debir; as his reward he receives the hand of Achsah ...
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Debir (12 Occurrences)
... party against Debir. Othniel, his younger brother (Judges 1:13; 3:9), achieved
the conquest, and gained Achsah as his wife. She was ...
/d/debir.htm - 16k

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Othniel (7 Occurrences)

Joshua 15:17
Othniel the son of Kenaz, the brother of Caleb, took it: and he gave him Achsah his daughter as wife.

Judges 1:13
Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother, took it: and he gave him Achsah his daughter as wife.

Judges 3:9
When the children of Israel cried to Yahweh, Yahweh raised up a savior to the children of Israel, who saved them, even Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother.

Judges 3:10
The Spirit of Yahweh came on him, and he judged Israel; and he went out to war, and Yahweh delivered Cushan Rishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand: and his hand prevailed against Cushan Rishathaim.
(See NIV)

Judges 3:11
The land had rest forty years. Othniel the son of Kenaz died.

1 Chronicles 4:13
The sons of Kenaz: Othniel, and Seraiah. The sons of Othniel: Hathath.

1 Chronicles 27:15
The twelfth captain for the twelfth month was Heldai the Netophathite, of Othniel: and in his division were twenty-four thousand.



Othniel: Becomes the Deliverer and Leader of Israel

Othniel: Conquers Kirjath-Sepher, and As Reward Obtains Caleb's Daughter As a Wife

Othniel: Death of

Othniel: Descendants of

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