Abdon (Judges)

Abdon (Hebrew: עַבְדּוֹן ‘Aḇdōn, "servile" or "service"), was the son of Hillel, a Pirathonite, and was the eleventh Judge of Israel mentioned in the Book of Judges (Judges 12:13–15). He was a member of the tribe of Ephraim, and in the biblical account was credited with having forty sons and thirty grandsons. He restored order in the central area of Israel "after the disastrous feud with Jephtha and the Gileadites".[1] He judged Israel for eight years. He was buried on Ephraimite land, in Pirathon, in the hill-country of the Amalekites.

A portrait of Abdon a Judge of Israel from Bartolomeo Gai's Epitome historico-chronologica 1751


Abdon is venerated in Catholic Church as a saint. His feast day is 1 September.[2]

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  1. ^   One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSinger, Isidore; et al., eds. (1901–1906). "Abdon". The Jewish Encyclopedia. New York: Funk & Wagnalls.
  2. ^ Zeno. "Lexikoneintrag zu »Abdon (2)«. Vollständiges Heiligen-Lexikon, Band 1. Augsburg 1858, ..." www.zeno.org (in German). Retrieved 2022-07-13.

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Preceded by Judge of Israel Succeeded by