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Abdon

Hebrew: עַבְדוֹן —transliteration: Abdon

Meaning: servile; servitude / Hebrew: “Abdown.”

This is the name of 4 biblical men and a city. It appears 8 times in Scripture.

  1. Abdon, the son of Hillel, a Pirathonite

    He was the 10th judge of Israel (Judges 12:13-15).

    He is probably the Bedan of 1 Samuel 12:11.

  2. Abdon, a Benjamite and Gibeonite

    He was the first-born of Gibeon of the tribe of Benjamin (1 Chronicles 8:30; 1 Chr. 9:36).

    King Saul was his nephew.

  3. Abdon, the son of Micah

    also known as: Achbor (2 Kings 22:12)

    He is one of those whom King Josiah sent to the prophetess Huldah to find the meaning of the recently discovered book of the law (2 Chronicles 34:20).

  4. Abdon, one of the “sons” of Shashak—a Benjamite (1 Chronicles 8:23)

  5. Abdon, a Levitical town

    This is was a town of the Gershonites, in the tribe of Asher (Joshua 21:30; 1 Chronicles 6:74).

    Archaeology

    The ruins of Abdeh, 8 miles northeast of Accho, probably mark its site.

Article Version: March 20, 2019