Gaal (Gay´uhl; Heb., possibly “beetle”)

The son of Ebed who lived in Shechem and usurped leadership from Abimelech (Judg 9:26-33). This usurpation caused Abimelech to retaliate in force, destroying the city (Judg 9:34-40) before further expanding his conquests (Judg 9:50-57).

Judg 9:26-33

26When Gaal son of Ebed moved into Shechem with his kinsfolk, the lords of Shechem put confidence in him.27They went out into the field and gathered the grapes ... View more

Judg 9:34-40

34So Abimelech and all the troops with him got up by night and lay in wait against Shechem in four companies.35When Gaal son of Ebed went out and stood in the e ... View more

Judg 9:50-57

50Then Abimelech went to Thebez, and encamped against Thebez, and took it.51But there was a strong tower within the city, and all the men and women and all the ... View more

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