Smith's Bible Dictionary


Oth'ni-el. (lion of God). Son of Kenaz, and younger brother of Caleb. Jos 15:17; Jdg 1:13; Jdg 3:9; 1Ch 4:13. (B.C. 1460). The first mention of Othniel is on occasion of the taking of Kirjath-sepher, or Debir, as it was afterward called.

Caleb promised to give his, Achsah, to whosoever should assault and take the city. Othniel won the prize. The next mention of him is in Jdg 3:9, where he appears as the first judge of Israel, after the death of Joshua, and the deliverer of his countrymen, from the oppression of Chushanrishathaim. Jdg 3:8-9.


Taken from: Smith's Bible Dictionary by Dr. William Smith (1884)