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The Philistines from the maritime plain had made incursions into the Hebrew upland for the purposes of plunder, when a man named Shamgar, the son of Anath, otherwise unknown, headed an uprising for the purpose of freeing the land from this oppression. He repelled the invasion, slaying 600 men with an “ox goad”. The goad was a formidable sharpointed instrument, sometimes ten feet long.

Shamgar was probably contemporary for a time with Deborah and Barak (Judges 3:31; 5:6).

Article Version: December 26, 2018