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  • proper n. A name of several Philistine kings.


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From Hebrew אבימלך.


  • None could "reign" in Israel, except by rebellious usurpation; and hence the reign of Abimelech is expressed in the original by a word signifying "despotism," not that which describes the mild and divinely authorized rule of the judge.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • Achish, though a heathen, was pious, for which reason he is called Abimelech in the Psalms, after the king of Gerar, who also was noted for piety.

    The Legends of the Jews — Volume 4

  • He is called Abimelech in the superscription of Ps. 34.

    Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • 1 Chr. 18: 16 he is called Abimelech, and is probably the same as

    Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • As "Abimelech" is the standing title of the Philistine kings (see on v. Ge 26: 1), so "Phicol" seems to have been the standing title for the captain of the army.

    Exposition of Genesis: Volume 1

  • The majority of compound names have special religious or social significance being compounded either (1) with terms denoting relationship, as Abi or Ab father, as Abihud, "father of praise," Abimelech "father of the king;" Ben son, as Benoni,

    Smith's Bible Dictionary

  • He will not behave as the Egyptians who craved Abraham's wife, or as Abimelech who coveted Rebecca.

    Rabbi Shmuley Boteach: Deception And Desire: An Overview Of Genesis

  • Isaac must contrive the same story many years later with Rebecca to save his life from Abimelech king of the Philistines.

    Rabbi Shmuley Boteach: Deception And Desire: An Overview Of Genesis

  • Abraham, if the traditions are to be credited (I put many of them down to the embellishment of good story-tellers, just like the Greek epic writers did), was even willing to sell his own wife to either Pharoah or Abimelech (again an anachronism) and claimed her as his sister, i.e., the "incest" common in Northern Syrian practices of the time (Genesis 12 and 20).

    Robert Eisenman: Abrahamic Conversion

  • And Abimelech called the son of gopher wood; rooms shalt come, according to pass, as is it to meditate in which groweth for ever: for the hand of it to thy father, and brother unto Abram, My wrong be given unto thee before there shall come into Egypt.

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