GAAL (Heb. גַּעַל), the son of Ebed, head of a band that fought abimelech son of Gideon (Judg. 9:26–41), who, with the help of mercenaries, had imposed his rule over Mt. Ephraim. Gaal's band is reminiscent of those that accompanied Jephthah (Judg. 11:10) and David (I Sam. 22:2; 23:1–13). During Abimelech's absence from Shechem, Gaal incited the inhabitants to revolt and took advantage of the social, and possibly also of the racial, tension prevailing among the various sections of the town's population. It appears that Gaal conspired with the ancient nobility in the locality, which claimed descent from Hamor the father of Shechem (9:28) and which apparently belonged to the Canaanite population hostile to Abimelech. The immediate cause of the friction was the highway robbery conducted by the Shechemites (9:25). Apparently, the ruling families seized control of the roads and interfered with Israelite commerce. Informed by Zebul, the city prefect, Abimelech quickly returned and, by a clever stratagem, crushed the revolt. Gaal was driven from the city (9:30–41) and was not heard of again. -BIBLIOGRAPHY: A. Malamat, in: B. Mazar (ed.), Ha-Historyah shel Am Yisrael (1967), 226–8; idem, in: H.H. Ben-Sasson (ed.), Toledot Am Yisrael bi-Ymei Kedem (1969), 77. ADD. BIBLIOGRAPHY: Y. Amit, Judges (1999), 171–80.

Encyclopedia Judaica. 1971.

Игры ⚽ Поможем сделать НИР

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Gaal — Gaal …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Gaal — (Hebrew:גַּעַל) is a minor 12th century BCE biblical character, introduced in the 9th chapter of Judges in the Bible as the son of Ebed. His story is told in Judges 9:26 41. Gaal had occupied Shechem and boasted to Zebul, the ruler of Shechem,… …   Wikipedia

  • Gaal — Gaal, 1) Sohn Ebeds; half den Sichemiten gegen Abimelech, wurde aber von diesem geschlagen u. floh aus Sichem. 2) Georg v. G., geb. 1783 in Presburg; wurde 1811 erst in Eisenstadt, dann in Wien Bibliothekar u. st. 1855 in Pesth; er schr.:… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Gaal — Gaal, Georg von, geb. 1783 zu Preßburg, fürstlich Esterhazyscher Bibliothekar und Galleriedirector zu Wien, lyrischer Dichter, Uebersetzer ungar. Märchen, Verfasser zahlreicher histor. und philologischer Abhandlungen. – G., Joseph, geb. 1811 zu… …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • GAAL — fil. Ebed. Iud. c. 9. v. 35. Lat. abiectio, sive abominatio …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • Gaál — Anton Gaál (* 14. März 1940 in Trautmannsdorf) ist ein österreichischer Beamter, Politiker (SPÖ) und ehemaliger Abgeordneter zum Österreichischen Nationalrat. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Ausbildung und Beruf 2 Politische Laufbahn 3 Privates …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Gaal — Original name in latin Gaal Name in other language Gaal State code AT Continent/City Europe/Vienna longitude 47.26667 latitude 14.66667 altitude 1158 Population 0 Date 2011 07 31 …   Cities with a population over 1000 database

  • Gaal (Begriffsklärung) — Gaal ist der Name eines Ortes in der Steiermark, siehe Gaal Gaal oder Gaál ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Anton Gaál (* 1940), österreichischer Beamter und Politiker (SPÖ) Botond von Gaal (* 1961), deutscher Schauspieler, Regisseur und… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Gaal Dornick — is a fictional character in Isaac Asimov s Foundation Series. It is Gaal Dornick that introduces the Foundation series, appearing in the first chapter of Foundation [ [… …   Wikipedia

  • Gaal Dornick — Personnage de fiction apparaissant dans Cycle de Fondation Origine Synnax Genre …   Wikipédia en Français

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”