Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible
THEBEZ . A fortified city, in the reduction of which Abimelech met his death ( Judges 9:50 , 2 Samuel 11:21 ). It is described by Eusebius and Jerome as 13 miles from Neapolis, on the road to Scythopolis. This is almost certainly the present TÃ»bÃ¢s , a prosperous village in a fruitful open valley, 10 miles N.E. of NÃ¢blus , on the ancient highroad to BeisÃ¢n .
E. W. G. Masterman.
Easton's Bible Dictionary
Brightness, a place some 11 miles north-east of Shechem, on the road to Scythopolis, the modern Tabas. Abimelech led his army against this place, because of its participation in the conspiracy of the men of Shechem; but as he drew near to the strong tower to which its inhabitants had fled for safety, and was about to set fire to it, a woman cast a fragment of millstone at him, and "all to brake his skull" i.e., "altogether brake," etc. His armourbearer thereupon "thrust him through, and he died" (Judges 9:50-55 ).
Holman Bible Dictionary
(thee' baz) Likely Tubas, thirteen miles northeast of Shechem where the roads from Shechem and Dothan converge to lead down to the Jordan Valley. During the seige of Thebez, a woman of the city fatally wounded Abimelech by throwing an upper millstone on his head (Judges 9:50-53 ; 2 Samuel 11:21 ).
Fausset's Bible Dictionary
Hebrew teebeets , "brightness." A town near Shechem. Besieged by Abimelech. (See ABIMELECH.) A woman with a millstone, from the tower which was the last, stronghold not yet taken, killed him (Judges 9:50-55; 2 Samuel 11:21).
Hitchcock's Bible Names
Muddy; eggs; fine linen or silk
Morrish Bible Dictionary
City in Ephraim, It was taken by Abimelech except the tower, from which he was killed by a piece of a millstone. Thus the besieged and the besieger were all punished in their sin. Judges 9:50-54 ; 2 Samuel 11:21 . Identified with Tubas , 32 19' N, 35 22' E .
People's Dictionary of the Bible
Thebez (thç'bez) brightness. The town where Abimelech was killed. Judges 9:50; 2 Samuel 11:21. It is now Tubas, a place 11 miles northeast of Shechem. Nablûs.
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary
An Ephraimite town near Sheshem, at the siege of which Abimelech was killed, Judges 9:50-55 ; 2 Samuel 11:21 .
- From a Chaldee term meaning "tin"; or else a contraction for Thebez
, near Shunem
- During the seige of Thebez
, a woman of the city fatally wounded Abimelech by throwing an upper millstone on his head (Judges 9:50-53 ; 2 Samuel 11:21 )
- It was with the upper stone of a hand-mill that "a certain woman" at Thebez
broke Abimelech's skull (Judges 9:53 , "a piece of a millstone;" literally, "a millstone rider", i
- Three years afterwards, they rose against Abimelech; he defeated them, and destroyed their city, but as he was attacking Thebez
, a woman threw down a piece of millstone on his head, which so injured him, that he called to his armor bearer to slay him, Judges 9:1 - 57
- This was fulfilled by many of the men of Shechem being killed, and Abimelech being mortally wounded by a piece of a millstone cast upon him by a woman at the attack upon Thebez
Theology: Ought Not to be Petrified Scripture
- To many men it might well seem that the Word of God had become petrified, for they receive it as a hard, lifeless creed, a stone upon which to sharpen the daggers of controversy, a stumbling-block for young beginners, a millstone with which to break opponents' heads, after the manner experienced by Abimelech at Thebez
- With the movable upper millstone of the hand-mill the woman of Thebez
broke Abimelech's skull
- Shortly after he stormed and took Thebez
, but was struck on the head by a woman with the fragment of a millstone, comp
- When he tried to repeat his tactics against Thebez
, a woman threw a stone down on his head and killed him (Judges 9:23-57 )
, the next town attacked by him, fell into his hands, but he was mortally wounded by a woman whilst assaulting the citadel ( Judges 9:50-54 , 2 Samuel 11:21 )
- Three years afterwards the men of Shechem rose against Abimelech; he defeated them and destroyed their city, and sowed it with salt While attacking Thebez
, he was mortally wounded by a piece of a millstone thrown upon his head by a woman from the top of the tower
- Allusion to one of these is made in ( Matthew 18:6 ) With the movable upper millstone of the hand-mill the woman of Thebez
broke Abimelech's skull
- Porter makes it now Teyasir, three quarters of an hour from Tubas or Thebez
- When engaged in reducing the town of Thebez
, which had revolted, he was struck mortally on his head by a mill-stone, thrown by the hand of a woman from the wall above
- Thence he marched to Thebez
, nine miles eastward, and took the town; but when trying to burn the tower was struck on the head by a piece of a millstone cast down by a woman
- Such was the ‘ strong tower within the city’ of Thebez
( Judges 9:51 )
- The whole inhabitants of Thebez
, unable to resist the repeated and furious assaults of Abimelech, retired into one of these towers, and bid defiance to his rage: "But there was a strong tower within the city, and thither fled all the men and women, and all they of the city, and shut it to them, and gat them up to the top of the tower
- A woman of Thebez
, driven to desperation by his furious attack on the tower, started up from the mill at which she was grinding, seized the upper mill stone, פלה דכב , and, rushing to the top of the gate, cast it on his head, and fractured his skull