Othniel

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

 

othni-el (עתניאל, ‛othnī'ēl): 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 (Jos 15:17, parallel found in Jdg 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, Jdg 3:9-11). He had a son named Hathath (1Ch 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 (1Ch 27:15).

 

Taken from: International Standard Bible Encyclopedia by James Orr, M.A., D.D., General Editor