by Wayne Blank
"Abimelech went to Thebez and encamped against Thebez and took it. But there was a strong tower within the city"
There are a number of different men recorded in the Holy Scriptures by the name of Abimelech, Israelite and Philistine, including the Philistine king of Gerar in the time of Abraham (Genesis 20:1-18), the king of Gerar in the time of Isaac (Genesis 26:1-22), the high priest in the time of David (1 Chronicles 18:16), and a son of Gideon (Gideon was also known as Jerubbaal, Judges 8:33-9:1) who is the Abimelech who "went to Thebez and encamped against Thebez and took it" as written below.
Abimelech was proclaimed king after the death of his father Gideon (Judges 8:33-9:6). He was a brutal and ruthless man who upon taking the throne murdered his own 70 brothers "upon one stone" (Judges 9:5 RSV), a means which was also used to bring about justice for his royal fratricide. When Abimelech besieged the town of Thebez, he was mortally wounded by being struck on the head by a millstone that had been thrown by a woman from the wall above. That woman had help in aiming that rock though, "Thus God requited the crime of Abimelech, which he committed against his father in killing his seventy brothers."
"Then Abimelech went to Thebez, and encamped against Thebez, and took it.
Fact Finder: How was Thebez mentioned in the death of Uriah the Hittite?