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Abimelech was a son of judge Gideon which Abimelech's name can best be interpreted "my father, the king". "Abimelech", a name claiming the inherited right to rule, was also a common name of the Philistine kings. His biblical account is only written in chapter nine in the Book of Judges. According to the Bible, he was an unprincipled, ambitious ruler, often engaged in war with his own subjects.


"Abimelech" is an oratorio in three acts written by Christopher Smart and put to music by Samuel Arnold. It was first performed in Haymarket Theatre in 1768. A heavily revised version of the oratorio ran at the Covent Garden in 1772. Abimelech was the second of two oratorio librettos written by Smart, the first being Hannah written in 1764. Just like Hannah, Abimelech ran for only one night, each time. It was to be Smart's last work dedicated to an adult audience.


Abimelech was the name of multiple Philistine kings mentioned in the Hebrew Bible.

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Google previewEncyclopaedia Biblica (1901)

A Critical Dictionary of the Literary, Political and Religious History, the Archaeology, Geography and Natural History of the Bible by Thomas Kelly Cheyne, John Sutherland Black

brother Abimelech' (v. 21). - It is the fable which interests us; Jotham is a mere shadow. Some scholars (e.g., Moore) think that it was written ...

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Video shows what Abimelech means. A name of several Philistine kings.. Abimelech Meaning. How to pronounce, definition audio dictionary. How to say ...

Scrabble value of A1B3I1M3E1L1E1C3H4

The value of this 9-letter word is 18 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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