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Abimelech - Judge or not?

Is Abimelech a judge or not?

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Below is a chart of the Judges. Abimelech's status is indeed questionable. I would join with those who would not include him as a "judge". Here is a quote from the "Believer's Bible Commentary" on Abimelech:
Abimelech (my father was king), a son of Gideon, was not a judge of Israel but a usurper—one who sought to rule Israel without proper authority. To eliminate any threats to his rule, he murdered all his brothers except Jotham, the youngest. Working through worthless and reckless relatives in Shechem, he persuaded the people of that area to recognize him as king.

Judge

Years in Power

Scripture Reference

Othniel

40

Judges 1:11-13; 3:7-11

Ehud

80

Judges 3:12-30

Shamgar

?

Judges 3:31;5:6

Deborah

40

Judges 4-5

Gideon

40

Judges 6-8

Abimelech

3

Judges 8:33-9:57

Tola

23

Judges 10:1-2

Jair

22

Judges 10:3-5

Jephthah

6

Judges 11:1-12:7

Ibzan

7

Judges 12:8-10

Elon

10

Judges 12:11-12

Abdon

8

Judges 12:13-15

Samson

40

Judges 13-16

Eli

?

1 Samuel 1:1-4:1

Samuel

?

1 Samuel 4:1-7:17


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God bless,
Mike
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