Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the Day

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Today’s Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the Day: Gideon (Judges 8:30-31).

Now Gideon had seventy sons, his own offspring, for he had many wives. His concubine who was in Shechem also bore him a son, and he named him Abimelech.

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  • Carstonio

    Seventy sons? They must have been the ones who planted all the Bibles in the Jerusalem Marriott and the Hebron Best Western.

  • Seventy sons? They must have been the ones who planted all the Bibles in the Jerusalem Marriott and the Hebron Best Western.

    No, Gideon left the Bible himself. Don’t you listen to the Beatles:

    And now Rocky Raccoon he fell back in his room 
    Only to find Gideon’s Bible 
    Gideon checked out and he left it no doubt 
    To help with good Rocky’s revival

    And in other news, I maintain my belief that it’s not Biblical marriage unless there are multiple wives and maybe a slave or two.

  • Seventy sons from his wives, and the only named one is from a concubine? There’s a meaning in that. Abimilech’s mother, wasn’t she named Macgill, and called herself Lil, tho everyone know her as Nancy?

  • aunursa

    So Gideon had 70 sons?  Where would that rank him if he were a professional athlete?

  • Vermic

    I think this means everyone’s related to Gideon if you go back far enough.

  • Evan

     The meaning is that Abimelech, in the next chapter, was about to seize power and rule as king – so he’s the most notable of Gideon’s sons. ;)

    Interestingly, his name “abi-melech” means “My father is king.”  It’s pretty clear Gideon (who categorically refused to be king when the job was offered him) didn’t give him that name… so that has to say something interesting about the relationship between Gideon and Abimelech’s mother.

  • Carstonio

     Do you mean in comparison to Wilt Chamberlin?

  • Given such large families, it’s a matter of almost certainty that Gideon’s tribe would probably be related to most everybody in the region within a generation or two.

    Family tree?

    More like family bramble bush!

  • Jurgan

    70 wives is nice, but… this whole series has to culminate with Solomon, who had ten times that many.

  • Amaryllis

    Only to find Gideon’s Bible…
    this whole series has to culminate with Solomon…

    The Chick-Fil-A Poem of the Day:

    That night in the Chelsea Hotel
    with nothing to read
    but the Gideon Bible
    propped in the folds
    of the silken counterpane.

    You were fresh from the shower,
    caught in a fragrant fall
    of talc. Solomon
    was singing the delights
    of eyes like diamonds,
    teeth like pearls,
    hair like a fountain –
    smooth, cascading down.


    Forgiveness was still possible
    or so it seemed
    for those who left these pages here
    inside the slightly scented drawers
    for someone to discover
    on a future night like this:
    the pulse of neon
    flashing out its message
    in the dark; a city
    unrepentant, unredeemed.

    – Ian Parks

  • banancat

     That’s generally true of everyone in a broad geographical area though.  You have many, many ancestors going back that far, so you may very well have Gideon in there if your ancestry has any connection to that area.  I don’t know the exact math, but if you go back to a certain time, each person is either an ancestor of most people living now, or not an ancestor of anyone.